MATCH REPORTS

Hull City 1 Newcastle 4

Moussa Sissoko


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the KC Stadium

 

 

Hull City 1 (Davies 46)

Newcastle United 4 (Sissoko 10, 55; Remy 43; Anita 90)

 

 

A double from Moussa Sissoko helped Newcastle United record their seventh Barclays Premier League away win of the campaign with a 4-1 victory at Hull City.

 

Sissoko struck either side of half-time, with Loic Remy and Vurnon Anita also on target for the rampant Magpies, who fully deserved all three points at the KC Stadium.

 

The only sour note came midway through the second half when manager Alan Pardew was sent to the stands following a touchline altercation with David Meyler.

 

French midfielder Sissoko got the ball rolling after just ten minutes, netting with a first-time finish from Mathieu Debuchy's delivery, and United made it two when Remy profited from a defensive mix-up with the interval approaching.

 

Curtis Davies headed Hull back into contention within seconds of the restart but Sissoko soon restored the visitors' two-goal advantage, puttin the finishing touch on a brilliant breakaway.

 

And Anita completed the scoring in added-on time, tapping home at the far post to send 2,500 Geordies home happy.

 

The result was enough to keep Newcastle in the hunt for a top-six spot, as they brought up a milestone 100th Premier League away victory.

 

Yoan Gouffran fired the first warning shot of the afternoon with less than four minutes played.

 

As Hull failed to clear their lines properly, the ball reached the Frenchman on the edge of the area and Gouffran shifted it onto his left before sending a rising drive narrowly the wrong side of the upright.

 

The Tigers hit back and would have been ahead on nine minutes were it not for an outstanding double save from Tim Krul.

 

When Alex Bruce rose highest inside the six-yard box to meet Tom Huddlestone's inswinging free-kick it looked a certain goal but United's Dutch stopper had other ideas, brilliantly blocking Bruce's header before somehow thwarting the same player from point-blank range with the rebound.

 

And Newcastle promptly turned defence into attack, racing straight up the opposite end to break the deadlock.

 

It was a goal which has become so familiar in the Magpies' away day successes this term. This time it saw Loic Remy combine with Debuchy down the right, and the full-back's cut-back was swept home with aplomb by Sissoko at the near-post.

 

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Hull, who took a while to find their feet again, but they almost levelled on 27 minutes through Nikica Jelavic.

 

The January signing from Everton nipped in ahead of Mike Williamson at the near post, connecting with Ahmed Elmohamady's cross but was unable to hit the target when he should have done better.

 

Jelavic got closer nine minutes before the break, direct from a free-kick, but saw his curling effort - which got a slight deflection off the wall on its way through - crash against the crossbar and away to safety.

 

Elmohamady was next to try his luck, heading wide a Shane Long cross, but once again they were made to pay for the missed chances as Remy doubled the visitors' advantage in the 43rd minute.

 

When Maynor Figueroa underhit a backpass to goalkeeper Allan McGregor from just short of the halfway line, Remy pounced. Racing onto the loose ball, he nicked it past the onrushing stopper and then calmly tapped home his 13th goal of the season.

 

The second half was less than a minute old when Hull halved the deficit.

 

Huddlestone sent a free-kick right into the heart of the danger area, and as Krul came rushing off his line to punch clear, Davies rose to flick in a header into the unguarded net.

 

It was the worst possible start for United but they responded brilliantly and made it 3-1 in the 55th minute.

 

When Vurnon Anita cut out Elmohamady's crossfield pass deep inside his own half there appeared little on, but the Magpies broke at pace and when Gouffran's low shot was spilled by McGregor, Sissoko pounced to grab his second of the game.

 

Newcastle weren't done there and went in search of number four. And they almost conjured it up through a training ground set-piece.

 

Dummett sent a deep corner to the edge of the box, which was met by Debuchy on the volley. The right back's shot was probably heading wide but de Jong tried to steer it home and flashed his effort narrowly off target.

 

If McGregor had been at fault for United's third goal, the Scottish international goalkeeper more than made up for it on 70 minutes, flying to his left to claw a long-range Remy strike out of the top corner, with Gouffran's shot from the resulting corner being hacked off the goalline.

 

Pardew was sent to the stands on 72 minutes following a touchline altercation with former Sunderland midfielder Meyler, but the absence of their manager failed to stem the Magpies' tide and Anita tapped home his first goal of the season - and United's fourth of the afternoon - deep into stoppage time.

 

Dummett's cross-shot was only parried up into the air by McGregor and Anita was on hand to sidefoot home at the far post and complete the rout.

 

 

Hull City (3-5-2): Allan McGregor; Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies (James Chester 86), Maynor Figueroa (Robert Koren 62); Ahmed Elomhamady, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore (Sone Aluko 62), Liam Rosenior; Nikica Jelavic, Shane Long

 

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Stephen Quinn, George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong (Dan Gosling 90); Loic Remy

 

Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

 

 

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

 

Bookings: Hull - Jelavic (53), Meyler (72), Huddlestone (81); Newcastle - Tiote (29), Yanga-Mbiwa (35)

 

 

Attendance: 24,903 (2,500 Newcastle)

 

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