MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle United 2 Hull City 3

Loic Remy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 2 (Remy 11, 44)

Hull City 3 (Brady 26, Elmohamady 48, Aluko 76)

 

 

Loic Remy bagged a brace but couldn't prevent Newcastle United slipping to a disappointing 3-2 home defeat against Hull City on Saturday.

 

The French international striker twice struck the Magpies in front at St. James' Park - his first goals since arriving from Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan - but it wasn't enough as Robbie Brady, Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko earned the visitors all three points.

 

Remy headed in Papiss Cisse's mis-hit shot early on to give United the lead but Brady pegged them back with a low, left-footed strike under Tim Krul.

 

It looked as though the sides would go in to half-time all square but Remy had other ideas, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area to curl home.

 

Elmohamady nodded another equaliser soon after the restart before Aluko's fine volley from 18 yards settled the Premier League fixture in the Tigers' favour.

 

Newcastle started at a high tempo and, following plenty of possession, created the first chance of the afternoon inside the opening seven minutes - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa striding out of defence and trying his luck from 30 yards but well off target.

 

However, just four minutes later they were in front, courtesy of Remy's first goal for the Magpies.

 

Moussa Sissoko rode a couple of chances in the middle of the park before delivering a deep cross to Cisse, who shanked hisleft-footed volley, only for Remy to pounce and nod home from six yards.

 

The goal seemed to spark Hull into life and after Tim Krul kept them at bay midway through the half, the Tigers were level less than 60 seconds later.

 

Krul somehow kept out Danny Graham's point-blank, downward header and United thought they had scrambled the ball to safety. But as Hull regained possession they found Brady in space on the left-hand side of the area, and the former Manchester United man steadied himself before drilling home.

 

The visitors had Newcastle on the ropes. Aluko shot straight at Krul from the edge of the area, before a last-ditch Mathieu Debuchy block deflected Jake Livermore's effort behind for a corner.

 

But the hosts successfully weathered the storm and were soon on the front foot again. Yohan Cabaye curled over the top following good work from Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa, before the Magpies regained the lead a minute before half-time.

 

Cabaye's long-range strike was blocked by James Chester but the centre-back only succeeded in directing the ball into Remy's path, with the French striker finding the far corner at the first time of asking.

 

If Hull were rocked at conceding so close to the interval they didn't show it, levelling for the second time just three minutes after the restart.

 

Brady was the provider this time, swinging a free-kick from the left-flank right onto the forehead of the unmark Elmohamady, with the former Sunderland man glancing home via the post.

 

Last weekend's match-winner Yoan Gouffran was introduced just past the hour mark in place of Cabaye, while Sylvain Marveaux also stepped off the bench soon after, replacing Cisse, as United went in search of a winner.

 

But it was the Tigers who struck next, going ahead for the first time in the match.

 

Substitute George Boyd found some space on the left before delivering to Aluko who, from the edge of the area, side-footed in an outstanding volley which gave Krul no chance.

 

Remy should have levelled and completed his hat-trick as the clock ticked into stoppage time, but somehow shot wide from five yards having been picked out by Marveaux.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Cheick Tiote 86), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye (Yoan Gouffran 62); Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse (Sylvain Marveaux 73), Loic Remy

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi

 

 

Hull City (4-4-2): Allan McGregor; Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies (c), James Chester, Liam Rosenior; Stephen Quinn (George Boyd 64), Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Robbie Brady (David Meyler 74); Danny Graham (Yannick Sagbo 84), Sone Aluko

 

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, Nick Proschwitz

 

 

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Sissoko (90); Hull - Huddlestone (90)

 

 

Attendance: 51,523 (2,875 Hull)

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