By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 2 (Cisse 74, 87)
Hull City 2 (Jelavic 49, Diame 68)
Substitute Papiss Cisse scored twice on his return to action as Newcastle United came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull City in the Barclays Premier League.
Despite a dominant first half showing, the Magpies were staring down the barrel of another defeat when brilliant efforts from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame gave the Tigers a two-goal advantage midway through the second period at St. James' Park.
But Cisse - making his first appearance since April following a knee injury - stepped off the bench to net a brace at the Gallowgate End and secure an important point for the Magpies.
United had controlled the first half but were unable to turn their pressure into goals, and Hull made them pay after the restart. Jelavic acrobatically volleyed home a cross, before Diame hammered home a strike from the edge of the area.
Cisse was introduced immediately after the visitors' second goal and made an instant impact, drilling in at the near post following good work from Cheick Tiote.
And with time running out, the Senegal international applied the finishing touch to Yoan Gouffran's header, sending nearly 50,000 Geordies into delirium.
Cabella then turned from provider to goal threat, latching on to a superb Moussa Sissoko pass but failing to seriously trouble Allan McGregor with a poked effort under pressure.
Colback was next to try his luck on 11 minutes, arriving late in the box to connect with a wayward defensive header but seeing McGregor claim his shot down low to his right.
Tigers stopper McGregor was by far the busiest of the custodians, next having to pluck Gouffran's header out of the top corner, after the French wide man had been picked out by Daryl Janmaat.
It took Hull 23 minutes to carve out a chance of any note, and that fell the way of Jelavic, but the former Everton man couldn't beat Tim Krul, who got down quickly to deal with his low, first-time shot.
That was the end of the first half action, but the second period sprung into life with less than four minutes on the clock as the visitors edged in front.
It was against the run of play but a stunning strike from Jelavic who acrobatically volleyed Tom Huddlestone's right-wing cross past the helpless Krul after Colback had been robbed of possession by Diame.
Just past the hour mark Hull should have doubled their advantage. Tom Huddlestone's deflected free-kick fell into the path of Quinn six yards out, but with just Krul to beat he somehow put his effort wide of the upright.
If that was a bad miss, the Tigers made amends on 68 minutes with another brilliant goal.
This time it came from the boot of Diame, who picked up the ball 25 yards out, was given time and space to shift it first onto his right foot and then back onto his left, before picking his spot and sending a superb strike in off the post.
Cisse was immediately thrown into the fray in place of Riviere and it took the Senegalese front man just five minutes to get Newcastle back in touching distance.
Tiote won possession in the middle of the park, drove forward and played in Cisse to his right. The angle was tight but Cisse squeezed a shot in between McGregor and his near post to give the hosts a lifeline.
The momentum was firmly with United now.
Tiote saw a shot deflected behind, while Coloccini almost conjured up a 20-yard volley from a training ground corner routine.
And with three minutes remaining they completed the comeback to snatch a share of the spoils - Moussa Sissoko's deep delivery headed back across goal by Gouffran for Cisse to stab in at point blank range.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote (Sammy Ameobi 85), Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere (Papiss Cisse 69)
Hull City (4-1-2-1-2): Allan McGregor; Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies (c), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson (Liam Rosenior 88); Tom Huddlestone; Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn; Mohamed Diame; Abel Hernandez (Sone Aluko 56), Nikica Jelavic (David Meyler 81)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Chester, Robbie Brady, Gaston Ramirez
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Bookings: Newcastle - Sissoko (59), Cabella (73); Hull - Robertson (59), Aluko (90)
Attendance: 49,199 (2,600 Hull)