Hull twice came from behind to secure a precious 3-2 win away at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
A confident Newcastle side, buoyed by consecutive Premier League wins, began in the ascendancy and that supremacy was rewarded with 10 minutes on the clock. Loic Remy met a miscued Papiss Cisse volley to head past a helpless Allan McGregor from close range.
Despite that early concession, Hull sat deep and were happy to spring forward on the break and that tack paid dividends with 26 minutes gone as Robbie Brady lashed an effort beneath Tim Krul.
The remainder of the half was a more even affair but Remy ensured that the hosts went to the interval with the advantage. The on-loan man reacted quickest to a blocked Yohan Cabaye effort to slot past McGregor on 44 minutes but Ahmed Elmohamady restored parity right after the break.
The former Sunderland man found space in the box to glance a Brady free-kick in off the post after 48 minutes.
Both sides struggled to fashion clear-cut chances so it took a moment of inspiration from Sone Aluko to settle the game, as the forward sent a beautifully controlled volley past Krul from the edge of the box with 76 on the clock.
Remy could have levelled things in the last minute of the 90 but he contrived to volley wide from six yards out.
10' - GOAL: Sissoko slings the ball to the back post that Cisse takes on first time on the volley. While he doesn’t catch it right, his effort bounces over the defender to the head of Remy who nods Newcastle into the lead early.
24' - CHANCE: What a chance. Miraculous save from Krul from Graham whose header is saved from point blank range. What a save.
26' - GOAL: Brady with the leveller. Newcastle fail to adequately clear their lines from that Graham chance. Aluko gets the ball just outside the D and finds Brady in acres left of him. He takes a touch to steady himself before firing through the legs of Krul.
44' - GOAL: Santon finds Cabaye on the edge and he works a yard to shoot but his effort is blocked by Chester. Unfortunately for Hull the ball falls to Remy who instinctively re-arranges his feet to tuck the ball home from 12 yards out and at an angle.
48' - GOAL: Elmohamady rises highest to flick the Brady free-kick past Krul and in off the post. The former Sunderland man was in acres – poor defending.
76' - GOAL: Aluko with a tremendously-controlled effort to volley left-footed from the edge of the box to give his side the lead. George Boyd with the cross.
90' - CHANCE: Remy misses a sitter. The ball breaks to the forward in the box and he is six yards out but he can’t get his feet right and volleys wide. Great first touch too.
Newcastle hadn’t won three Premier League games in succession since a spell of six on the spin in March-April 2012 but Hull put a stop to those
Danny Graham last scored in Premier League match back in January – that’s now a 22-game drought.
Newcastle scored their 5000th goal in the top flight. They beat their rivals Sunderland (4997) by 3 goals to reach this milestone.
After two wins on the spin – are Newcastle ready to make another attack on the European places. On this showing the answer has to be no. They look a force going forward but porous at the back. A lack of summer signings might ultimately cost them.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Sone Aluko (Hull CIty): A close run thing with Curtis Davies who was tremendous at the back but the Nigeria international edged it with his selfless running that was topped with a great strike.
Newcastle United: Krul 6, Debuchy 4, Yanga-Mbiwa 5, Coloccini 6, Santon 6, Anita 6, Sissoko 6, Cabaye 6, Ben Arfa 6, Cisse 6, Remy 8. Subs: Tiote 5, Marveaux 5, Gouffran 5.
Hull City: McGregor 6, Rosenior 6, Davies 8, Chester 7, Elmohamady 6, Brady 7, Huddlestone 6, Livermore 5, Quinn 5, Aluko 9, Graham 5. Subs: Boyd 5, Meyler 5, Sagbo 5.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Sone Aluko
- Loic Remy
- Robbie Brady
- Tim Krul
- Yohan Cabaye