Premier League - Sissoko stars as Pardew headbutts player

Premier League, KC Stadium - Hull City 1 (Davies 46) Newcastle United 4 (Sissoko 10, 55, Remy 42, Anita 90)

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Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at the KC Stadium in Hull, northern England March 1, 2014 (Reuters)

A brace from Moussa Sissoko gave Newcastle all three points in a 4-1 win over Hull in an eventful afternoon at the KC Stadium.

The France international had opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a beautiful strike from the edge of the box.

It came just 26 seconds after Tim Krul made a spectacular double save from Alex Bruce, first from a downward header after a Tom Huddlestone free-kick, and then from the rebound.

Nikica Jelavic had the chance to equalise with a lazy curled free-kick 25 yards from goal, but it crashed on to the bar thanks to a deflection, and an unmarked Ahmed Elmohamady missed when it was easier to score, heading wide after a terrific cross in from Shane Long on the left.

Loic Remy pounced on Maynor Figueroa’s awful back-pass on 42 minutes, moving easily around the advancing Allan McGregor and slotting it home. Curtis Davies managed to claw one back for the hosts within 60 seconds of the restart, heading into the net over Krul’s attempted punch.

But Sissoko restored the two-goal advantage with a tap-in after Yoan Gouffran’s mazy run and shot was spilled by McGregor, and Vurnon Anita finished the match with an injury-time far-post tap-in after a good run from substitute Dan Gosling.

Newcastle’s afternoon was marred somewhat by manager Alan Pardew’s sending-off on 72 minutes for his aggressive, headfirst reaction to David Meyler crashing into him as he chased the ball into touch.

KEY MOMENTS

9’ CHANCE! Huddlestone takes the free-kick, and Krul manages to claw the ball back from Bruce's downward header and attempted rebound.

10’ GOAL! Sissoko opens the scoring with a beautiful strike, taking it straight back up the other end, just 26 seconds after that Bruce chance at the other end.

39’ CHANCE! Long is looking very lively down the left - he crosses it in to Elmohamady, who's unmarked at the far post and manages to head it wide.

42’ GOAL! Remy doubles Newcastle's lead after Figueroa's terrible backpass.

46’ GOAL! Curtis Davies gets a goal back, heading over Krul as he comes out and attempts to punch.

55’ GOAL! And Newcastle restore their lead after Hull just stand off Gouffran. McGregor spills the shot, and Sissoko taps in the rebound.

72’ SCUFFLE! Alan Pardew is sent to the stands and David Meyler is booked after an undignified bit of aggression following a touchline clash; the Newcastle manager went headfirst at the player who had run into him chasing a ball out of play.

90’+3 GOAL! Anita finishes the afternoon by tapping home at the far post thanks to a great run from Dan Gosling.

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KEY STATS

This was Newcastle United’s 100th Premier League away win.

Hull are now winless in four Premier League home matches, while Newcastle avoid losing back-to-back Premier League away matches for the first time this season.

Hull have won just one of their last seven Premier League home games (W1 D2 L4).

Both teams have scored in this fixture in all four matches in the top flight and the last six meetings in all divisions.

TALKING POINT

Pardew being sent to the stands for an attempted headbutt on Meyler. That incident will have serious repercussions for the Newcastle manager.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Moussa Sissoko, who scored more than once in a League away match for the first time in his senior career.

[PARDEW SENT OFF FOR HEAD-BUTT]

PLAYER RATINGS

Hull City: McGregor 6, Bruce 6, Davies 6, Figueroa 4, Elmohamady 6, Rosenior 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 6, Livermore 6, Jelavic 5, Long 7. Subs: Chester 6, Koren 6, Aluko 6.

Newcastle United: Krul 7, Debuchy 7, Williamson 7, Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Dummett 7, Sissoko 8, Tiote 7, Anita 7, Gouffran 7, de Jong 7, Remy 8. Subs: Gosling 7.

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