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Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Newcastle United
Hull City Tigers
L. Remy  10' 1-0 
 1-1R. Brady  26'
L. Remy  44' 2-1 
 2-2A. Elmohamady  48'
 2-3S. Aluko  76'
HT: 2-1
St. James' Park (Attendance: 51,523)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
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Newcastle United vs. Hull City Tigers
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Hull jump up to 10th with that, one place above Newcastle, who fall down the league after that defeat. It was looking brighter for the Geordies after last weekend's win away at Aston Villa; but while their attack started with fluency and danger, their defence were too lax in closing Hull down in the final third, and looked suspect under pressure. Hull stuck doggedly to their task and, it has to be said, they fully deserve the three points, with Robbie Brady and Sone Aluko key men in their victory today.
That's it! I said at half-time that Hull had only won one in 11 Premier League games, but they can make that two in 12 now! Newcastle only have themselves to blame, but Hull always deserved to get something out of this.
Newcastle's attack has lost its bite and Hull are now comfortably dealing with anything being thrown at them, even managing to escape into the home half themselves on occasion. A couple of niggly fouls from Tiote and Sissoko deep on the right on Meyler don't help their cause and, with the home fans leaving early, it's looking like their challenge is disappearing with a whimper.
Newcastle still pushing but finding little joy against the wall of blue in front of them. All of a sudden a ball from Ben Arfa finds Remy inside the area! It's tricky but he brings the ball down under pressure and with his right and with the goal at his mercy drills it...just wide! Unbelievable! He did the hard part but couldn't stick it away for what would have been his hat-trick and an almost certain point for Newcastle.
This is going to be a great win for Hull if they can just hold out. Both Newcastle goals had an element of luck and aside from that, the away team have stuck to their game plan rigidly, staying deep, containing and then breaking at pace. Right now though they've got 11 behind the ball and are looking to protect this lead with all their lives.
Ben Arfa loses the ball in midfield and Yannick Sagbo looks to make an immediate impression. He's by himself in the Newcastle half though and is muscled off the ball. Santon hits a long aimless pass that's dealt with easily, before Huddlestone's bundled over in midfield by Marveaux. Cheick Tiote is on for Mathieu Debuchy.
As long as Danny Graham's the one benefitting from these Newcastle defensive lapses they won't be shipping any more goals any time soon. A cross comes in and Newcastle make another hash of it. Graham can't make anything of it though, looking for all the world like he's trying to control a bar of soap in the shower. He's substituted not long after for Yannick Sagbo.
Moments after scoring, Sone Aluko gives away a foul 30 yards out, dead centre of the field. Davide Santon take the free-kick but rifles it limply into the wall. Newcastle are playing with urgency but the fluid passing of the game's opening minutes has deserted them - for now at least.
Hull were starting to drop very deep, but another quick break sees Tom Huddlestone find Sone Aluko in an acre of space and his 20 yard volley flies into the net past Tim Krul. If Newcastle lose this then the blame lies squarely at the amount of space they're giving the Tigers on these breaks.
Just as I type that, Cisse is substituted to be replaced by Sylvain Marveaux. Hull goal scorer Robbie Brady comes off for the away side. He can be pleased with his afternoon's work, having proved a constant threat. He's replaced by David Meyler.
Twenty minutes left and the Toon Army are trying to rally behind their team. Cisse is free in the area but again hesitates! The Newcastle number nine really doesn't have his cutting edge this afternoon and the pressure comes to nothing.
Free-kick to Hull 35 yards out, after a foul from Debuchy, leads to a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady that's palmed away by Tim Kruhl. Elmohamady's on the right to take the throw and George Boyd manages to win the corner on that same side. The corner from Brady is easily cleared.
George Boyd comes on for Hull's first change. He replaces Stephen Quinn in the midfield.
It's getting a little niggly from Hull now. Sissoko jinking on the left of the area about 30 yards out is tripped by Sone Aluko. Hatem Ben Arfa steps up to take the free-kick. His ball is inches away from Cisse, who rises on the edge of the six-yard box but can't quite get his head to it. Dangerous from the Magpies.
Yohan Cabaye is down after being caught by Curtis Davies. The physio's on and a limping Cabaye heads off. He's replaced by Yoan Gouffran, who scored the winner last weekend away to Villa. More of the same would be nice.
Sissoko has been running tirelessly all game and he again makes himself space before playing a one-two with Ben Arfa down the right. His ball into the area is cleared by Ahmed Elmohamady, but did he foul his man in doing so? The referee thinks no.
Ben Arfa has been quiet this game. He attempts a mazy run only to be stopped in his tracks by Liam Rosenior. Newcastle get the ball back again however and it's once again Ben Arfa on the right. He manages to jink his way into the area and win a corner. Swung in by Cabaye from the right it's cleared by Hull, before coming back to them in the form of a high, wide and ugly effort from Mathieu Debuchy.
Well that didn't take long for Hull to redress the balance did it? It's quite unbelievable that not one of the Newcastle defence made a move to cut that ball from Brady out. Hull come forward again, this time through Stephen Quinn on the right and his ball again has the Toon defence squirming. They manage to scuff out Danny Graham as he shapes to shoot. Nervous times though.
Incredible. A free-kick comes in from the left about 35 yards out. Robbie Brady's cross evades almost everyone, except for defender Ahmed Elmohamady, who gets the slightest touch on it as it bounces past a despairing Tim Krul.
Back under way at St James's Park. Hull have won only one of their last 11 Premier League games. They've 45 minutes to turn that around...
Can Hull feel aggrieved? Newcastle started brightly, with Remy at the centre of most things, but were hit by several Hull breaks - one of which eventually led to Brady's goal. With both defences leaving holes, more goals seemed to be inevitable but there was an element of fortune as Remy found himself the recipient of a lucky deflection. Nevertheless, his well-taken second has given the home team the advantage just as Steve Bruce was ready to congratulate his boys on a job well done at half-time.
That goal came about because Newcastle have started really pressing the Hull defence. With their midfield forcing the error, Newcastle regained the ball and swept up the left with Remy and Santon. Santon this time managed to get rid of the ball to Cabaye. The French midfielder's shot might have benefitted from a lucky deflection, but it was a classy, instinctive finish by Remy as he found himself presented with the ball in space.
Loic Remy plants a low right-footed shot from inside the area into the bottom right-hard corner of the net after Cabaye's drive deflects off a Hull defender into his path.
A long ball from Cabaye is taken down by Cisse deep on the left. He seems almost surprised at: a) his poise in taking it down and, b) that he's not offside. The subsequent pause allows the Hull defence to recover and he can only find Cabaye again, whose 25 yard right-footed shot is high.
Newcastle's confidence going forward has been knocked after being hit by Hull on the break. Santon keeps the ball for an age on the left, cutting in but ultimately finding no one. A charged down shot leads to another Tigers break and Danny Graham finds himself clear, only to lose the ball from under his feet under pressure from the Newcastle centre-backs. He's a Magpies fan, is Graham, but there's been no warm reception for the ex-Sunderland man.
Hull are now playing with more purpose and there's plenty of space in front of the Newcastle defence, which they're quickly getting the ball up to. Aluko thinks he's been fouled down by the by-line on the left by Debuchy, although it's not given. Looked like it could've been to me.
That goal came just after Danny Graham had a glorious chance to level the scores, shooting low from inside the area straight at Tim Krul. It was from Newcastle's sloppy clearance of that which led to them being out of position and wide open for Aluko to thread the ball through to Brady from 25 yards out.
Robbie Brady slots home with his left foot from just inside the area after being found in acres of space by Sone Aluko.
The play's rolling up and down the field at pace at the moment. Loic Remy has the beating of his man on the left only to see Liam Rosenior get in the way of Hatem Ben Arfa following his cross. Jake Livermore then tries to launch the Tigers' own attack though it ultimately peters out down their left hand-side thanks to the close attentions of Mathieu Debuchy.
Hull working hard to try and even the scores up. The ball breaks to Robbie Brady on the edge of the box whose shot is charged down partially but finds its way to Jake Livermore on the left of the six-yard box. There's no one there to meet his cut back though.
It was Sissoko who set up that goal. His cross to the back post was mis-hit on the volley by Cisse. It bounced over the defender and was nodded home from close range by Remy. Newcastle 1-0 to the good and fully deserving of it so far.
Loic Remy scores from a header! Just as Hull were starting to get into the game.
Remy and Sissoko are already linking well and the former finds the latter whose cross is blocked for a throw. It's a bright opening for Newcastle, who haven't won three matches consecutively since March-April 2012.
Loic Remy has the first shot of the match for the hosts, cutting inside from the left and shooting. His effort is high and wide though.
Hull in their away kit of blue elect to kick towards the Leazes End - right to left - with Newcastle in their familiar black and white stripes playing towards the Gallowgate end.
Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Curtis Davies, James Chester, Ahmed Elmohamady, Robbie Brady, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn, Sone Aluko, Danny Graham. SUBSTITUTES: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, George Boyd, David Meyler, Nick Proschwitz, Yannick Sagbo.
Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy. SUBSTITUTES: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran.
Newcastle will be missing Steve Taylor, who suffered a hamstring injury in training. He joins fellow hamstring injury victim Joan Gutierrez on the sidelines, while Shola Ameobi also misses out after picking up a knock on international duty with Nigeria. Hull captain Robert Koren misses eight weeks after picking up a broken bone in his foot, and Maynor Figueroa is away on compassionate leave. With Paul McShane also out through injury, the sole positive change in the squad's availability is striker Yannick Sagbo's return from suspension.
Four points from four games doesn't tell the full story of Hull's start to the season. Though never looking likely to beat them, Steve Bruce's side acquitted themselves well in away fixtures with former Premier League champions Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as defeating Norwich and drawing with Cardiff at home. Goals are the problem for the newly promoted side though, and if they don't come soon the expected relegation dogfight is likely to ensue.
Yes, although the Geordies were once again in danger of becoming the Premier League's laughing stock, after Joe Kinnear's claims to “judge me on my signings” amounted to no new incomers to the club, aside from Loic Remy, on the field performances have picked up remarkably since their limp opening 4-0 defeat away to Manchester City. Two wins on the trot, at home to Fulham and away to Villa, have put the team in the top half of this fledgling season, while Hatem Ben Arfa has hit a rich vein of form. They're the favourites here.
If this contest were taking place at any time before the end of the 11th century, it would be for the supremacy of Northumbria. You can blame the Normans for splitting the north east county into its current constituent parts, but it'll be Frenchmen like Loic Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa that Tynesiders Newcastle will be relying on today to help them defeat Humber's Hull. The newly promoted Tigers have proved tough to beat so far this campaign but they play a Newcastle side who surprised many with their consummate performance in beating Aston Villa 2-1 away last weekend.
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Team Stats
Newcastle United Hull City Tigers
2 Goals 3
1 Assists 3
15 Shots 12
2 Shots on Goal 5
2 Saves 0
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
11 Crosses 4
3 Corner Kicks 3
0 Offside 5
11 Fouls Committed 8
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
68% Ball Possession 32%
Newcastle United
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Tim Krul 90 - 0 0 3 2
2Fabricio Coloccini 90 0 0 0 - -
3Davide Santon 90 0 0 0 - -
4Yohan Cabaye 62 0 0 0 - -
7Moussa Sissoko 90 0 1 0 - -
8Vurnon Anita 90 0 0 0 - -
9Papiss Cisse 73 0 0 0 - -
10Hatem Ben Arfa 90 0 0 0 - -
13Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 90 0 0 0 - -
14Loïc Remy 90 2 0 0 - -
26Mathieu Debuchy 86 0 0 0 - -
11Yoan Gouffran 28 0 0 0 - -
22Sylvain Marveaux 17 0 0 0 - -
24Cheick Tiote 4 0 0 0 - -

Hull City Tigers
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Allan McGregor 90 - 0 0 2 0
2Liam Rosenior 90 0 0 0 - -
5James Chester 90 0 0 0 - -
6Curtis Davies 90 0 0 0 - -
8Tom Huddlestone 90 0 1 0 - -
9Danny Graham 84 0 0 0 - -
11Robbie Brady 74 1 0 0 - -
14Jake Livermore 90 0 0 0 - -
24Sone Aluko 90 1 0 0 - -
27Ahmed Elmohamady 90 1 0 0 - -
29Stephen Quinn 64 0 0 0 - -
7David Meyler 16 0 0 0 - -
17George Boyd 26 0 0 0 - -
20Yannick Sagbo 6 0 0 0 - -
Newcastle United vs. Hull City Tigers
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Newcastle United 2-3 Hull City Tigers
90' Half Over  Newcastle United 2-3 Hull City Tigers
90' Foul  Sagbo fouled by Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
90' Foul  Sagbo fouled by Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
90' Yellow Card  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
90' Offside  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
90' Foul  Meyler fouled by Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United)
90' Foul  Davies fouled by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United)
90' Shot  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
90' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
90' Offside  Tom Huddlestone (Hull City Tigers)
90' Yellow Card  Tom Huddlestone (Hull City Tigers)
89' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
88' Throw-In  Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United)
87' Foul  Yanga-Mbiwa fouled by George Boyd (Hull City Tigers)
86' Substitution  Cheick Tiote (on). Debuchy (off). (Newcastle United)
86' Foul  Huddlestone fouled by Sylvain Marveaux (Newcastle United)
84' Substitution  Yannick Sagbo (on). Graham (off). (Hull City Tigers)
84' Foul  Rosenior fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
83' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
81' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
81' Cross  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) - Defended by Keeper
80' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
79' Shot  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
79' Free Kick  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
78' Foul  Ben Arfa fouled by Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
76' Goal  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers). Assist by Boyd
76' Shot on Goal  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
76' Cross  George Boyd (Hull City Tigers) - On Target
75' Throw-In  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
74' Substitution  David Meyler (on). Brady (off). (Hull City Tigers)
73' Substitution  Sylvain Marveaux (on). Cisse (off). (Newcastle United)
72' Corner Kick  Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
69' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
69' Goal Kick  Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
69' Offside  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers)
69' Corner Kick  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers) - Clearance In Play
68' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
68' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
67' Cross  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers) - Defended by Keeper
67' Foul  Livermore fouled by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
65' Offside  Danny Graham (Hull City Tigers)
65' Throw-In  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
65' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
64' Substitution  George Boyd (on). Quinn (off). (Hull City Tigers)
64' Cross  Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) - Directly Out
64' Free Kick  Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
63' Foul  Sissoko fouled by Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
63' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
62' Substitution  Yoan Gouffran (on). Cabaye (off). (Newcastle United)
59' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
58' Cross  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) - Headed Out - In Play
57' Foul  Yanga-Mbiwa fouled by Danny Graham (Hull City Tigers)
57' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
56' Shot  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
55' Corner Kick  Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) - Headed Out - In Play
54' Foul  Krul fouled by Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
52' Corner Kick  Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)
50' Shot  Danny Graham (Hull City Tigers)
49' Foul  Remy fouled by Stephen Quinn (Hull City Tigers)
48' Goal  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers). Assist by Brady
48' Shot on Goal  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
48' Cross  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers) - On Target
47' Foul  Quinn fouled by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United)
47' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
46' Shot  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Newcastle United 2-1 Hull City Tigers
44' Goal  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
44' Shot on Goal  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
44' Shot  Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)
42' Shot  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
42' Cross  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) - Off Target
41' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
40' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
40' Shot  Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)
37' Shot  James Chester (Hull City Tigers)
37' Corner Kick  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers) - Off Target
36' Shot  Jake Livermore (Hull City Tigers)
36' Cross  Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) - Headed Out - In Play
35' Shot  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
34' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
34' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
33' Foul  Ben Arfa fouled by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City Tigers)
32' Foul  Davies fouled by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United)
30' Shot on Goal  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
29' Cross  Davide Santon (Newcastle United) - Directly Out
29' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
28' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
28' Cross  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) - Headed Out - Out of Play
27' Foul  Cisse fouled by James Chester (Hull City Tigers)
26' Goal  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers). Assist by Aluko
26' Shot on Goal  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers)
26' Shot on Goal  Danny Graham (Hull City Tigers)
26' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
25' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
24' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
24' Shot  Jake Livermore (Hull City Tigers)
24' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
21' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
20' Offside  Danny Graham (Hull City Tigers)
20' Shot  Jake Livermore (Hull City Tigers)
19' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
18' Cross  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) - Clearance In Play
17' Corner Kick  Tom Huddlestone (Hull City Tigers)
16' Cross  Robbie Brady (Hull City Tigers) - Clearance Out of Play
16' Shot  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
16' Cross  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) - Headed Out - In Play
16' Shot  Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
15' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
13' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
12' Foul  Quinn fouled by Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
10' Goal  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United). Assist by Cisse
10' Shot on Goal  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
10' Cross  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
10' Goal Kick  Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
10' Shot  Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United)
9' Throw-In  Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
9' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
8' Throw-In  Davide Santon (Newcastle United)
8' Shot  Sone Aluko (Hull City Tigers)
7' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
7' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
7' Shot  Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United)
7' Throw-In  Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City Tigers)
5' Goal Kick  Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
5' Throw-In  Liam Rosenior (Hull City Tigers)
4' Cross  Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) - Defended by Keeper
3' Foul  Rosenior fouled by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)
3' Goal Kick  Allan McGregor (Hull City Tigers)
3' Shot  Loïc Remy (Newcastle United)
2' Shot  Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
1' Start Half 
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