Newcastle registered an impressive victory at Hull City this afternoon winning by a scoreline of 4-1 at the KC Stadium, although it was events on the sidelines which will undoubtedly grab the headlines.
At 3-1 and seemingly in control of the match, United manager Alan Pardew and Hull City midfielder David Meyler became embroiled in a touchline spat in which Pardew appeared to move his head towards Meyler’s.
That meant that the silver supremo had to watch the rest of the game from the stands and will most probably have a touchline ban and severe punishment waiting for him from the Premier League authorities while Meyler picked up a yellow card for his troubles. More opinion on that later…
Back to the match and a scoreline of 4-1 probably flattered us somewhat. Yes we had control of the game for large periods but Hull City had their chances. Ultimately it boiled down to who could take those chances and it was United who were the most clinical on the day.
After a tepid start it was Tim Krul who was called into action first as he to react and make a smart double save from Shane Long. However relief soon turned to joy for the away side who went straight up the other end and took the lead through Moussa Sissoko who finished well at the end of a fine counter-attacking move.
Hull probably should have equalised through Nikica Jelavic or Ahmed Elmohamady who both went close with far-post headers before Jelavic cracked a free-kick off the crossbar.
But two minutes before the interval United were gifted some breathing space when Maynor Figueroa sold his pass back to Allan McGregor short allowing Loic Remy to steal in and knock the ball past the Hull ‘keeper before slotting into an unguarded net.
Half-time: Hull 0-2 Newcastle
A 2-0 scoreline at half-time is always welcome, but it’s also dangerous. The leading side tends to sit back somewhat and if the side chasing the game can get an early goal the balance of the game shifts and the side who were cruising then have to try and up their efforts once more.
Just a minute into the second-half that pattern looked like it would be seen once more as a lofted free-kick was flicked home by Curtis Davies with Tim Krul trying and failing to get anywhere near the cross.
Another counter-attack though restored the two-goal cushion as United surged forward once more. Yoan Gouffran forced an save from McGregor who parried straight to Moussa Sissoko who poked home his second of the game. It’s worth noting that Sissoko had run over 70 yards to catch up with play after starting the move on the edge of his own area.
That goal seemed to kill Hull off and United soon regained control of the midfield. Further chances to extend the lead fell to Loic Remy who shot over once and forced a fine save from McGregor on another occasion before being denied what looked to be a penalty after yet more good work.
Yoan Gouffran also saw an effort cleared off the line and Mike Williamson headed across goal when it was easier to head at the damn thing but in stoppage time United grabbed their fourth after Paul Dummett’s shot fell to Vurnon Anita at the back post allowing the Dutchman to score his first Premier League goal.
Full-time: Hull 1-4 Newcastle
Performance wise I think I summed it up earlier when I said that we took our chances when they came whilst Hull didn’t. Tough on them. However we did play some nice stuff on the break which Alan Pardew revealed post-match was part of the plan and at the end of the day we walked away with a result that few would have predicted prior to kick-off.
Onto Alan Pardew. Yes the guy did wrong, he’s said so himself already, but let’s retain some perspective here. He’ll get punished for it no doubt but that punishment should be no different to what a player receives.
Amazingly some are saying he should be sacked for this which of course he shouldn’t, it’s just being used as a stick to beat him with and ironically some of the people I’ve seen saying sack him are the ones that used to stick up for Joey Barton. Cuckoo.
Howay the lads!
Hull: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa, Elmohamady, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic, Shane Long
Subs: Steve Harper, James Chester, Robert Koren, George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo, Sone Aluko, Stephen Quinn
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Mathieu Debuchy; Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita, Cheik Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Luuk de Jong, Loic Remy
Subs: Jak Alnwick, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse