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Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City – Elmo assists Jelavic’s stunning strike
Newcastle’s Senegalese substitute Papiss Cisse rescued a point with two late second-half goals to draw 2-2 with Hull City at St James’ Park.
Much was made in the press in the build-up to his game about the home support in their pursuit to get manager Alan Pardew sacked. 30,000 “Sack Pardew” A4 cards had been distributed prior to the game in protest about their man at the helm.
On the pitch however, Newcastle started brightly and had early chances through Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Yoan Gouffran, but neither really troubled Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Hull struggled to create clear cut chances in the first half but threatened in the 23rd minute when Andrew Robertson surged forward, before cutting the ball back to Nikica Jelavic but his shot was saved comfortably.
Hull couldn’t have started the second half in a better fashion when Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross was met by a flying Jelavic who scored a stunning scissor kick. A real quality finish from the striker who had been limited to chances but struck when given the opportunity.
Cabella nearly equalised straight away when Mike Williamson picked out the striker whose side-footed effort was straight at the legs of McGregor.
Stephen Quinn should have doubled the away sides’ advantage after a Tom Huddlestone drilled free-kick saw the ball spill into his path but he couldn’t find the target from close range.
Hull did score with their next attack, when Mo Diame struck a thunderous shot into the top left corner from all of 30-yards past a despairing Tim Krul.
As boos and jeers began to reverberate around the stadium the Toon pegged Hull back when Newcastle substitute Papiss Cisse halved the deficit with a low shot past McGregor.
Lifted by pulling a goal back the home side pushed on with Hull sitting further back a leveller duly arrived when Yoan Gouffran nodding down a deep cross into the path of Cisse who slotted home from point blank range.