Hull 0 Newcastle 3 Saturday 31 January 12.45pm
A first win since Alan Pardew’s departure, though no doubt John Carver would like to think of it as one out of one since getting the job permanently…at least until the end of the season.
It was maybe no surprise that Newcastle managed a win which coincided with their first clean sheet in 14 matches.
Tim Krul was back to form and crucially played a key, if not the whole, part in keeping out a Hull header with scores level at the time.
Struggling against crosses all afternoon, United failed to deal with one from the right, the home player sending his header to Tim Krul’s left but he did really well to just get his fingertips to the ball, deflecting it onto the chest of Coloccini who’d retreated to the goal-line.
In fact the first half hour or more Newcastle were terrible and somehow managed to make Hull look almost like a Premier League team.
It was almost a carbon copy of last season and once again a Newcastle goal completely changed the game.
A Hull defender gifted the ball to Remy Cabella around ten yards outside the eighteen yard box, the Frenchman striding forward before putting the ball onto his left foot and his excellent left foot swerving shot gave McGregor no chance.
Five minutes to get through until half-time…only for Elmohamady to equalise with seconds to go, luckily though the linesman spotted the outrageous handball which sent the ball into the net.
A yellow card instead of glory for the former Sunderland cheat.
The icing on the cake was that yet again United were struggling with the cross and Elmohamady had three teammates lined up behind him to put the ball into the net.
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 47% Newcastle and 53% Hull
Total shots was 12 for Newcastle and Hull 13
Shots on target was Newcastle 5 and Hull 8
While corners was Newcastle 3 and Hull 3
The second half was the most comfortable in a long time, probably since that 4-1 win here last season.
Sammy Ameobi tried his luck five minutes into teh second half and his thirty five yarder flew past the Hull keeper who was totally caught out, more shots please!
The scoring was wrapped up twelve minutes from time when for the second time in a row Gouffran had the rub of the green with his average shot taking a wicked deflection, again though credit to him for having a go.
A big bonus seeing our friend Steve Bruce huffing and puffing up the line with no Hatem Ben Arfa to balme anymore for his own shortcomings. Stuck in the relegation zone – hopefully still there when the final whistle goes for the season.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidare, Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella (Gouffran 72), Ameobi (Abeid 90+2), Perez (Cisse 82)
Unused Subs: Alnwick, Riviere, Santon, Obertan
Ref: Phil Dowd
Crowd: 23,925 (2,500 NUFC)