Elmohamady attempts ‘Hand of God’ as Newcastle outplay Hull
Hull City, looking to get out of the relegation zone, hosted Newcastle United at the KC Stadium tonight. Hull City have only managed to win two home games all season, and they desperately needed three points in this one.
Hull looked more threatening in the opening 30 minutes and controlled possession but lacked the final product. Elmohamady was heavily involved during the first half and delivered dangerous crosses throughout which unfortunately his team-mates didn’t take advantage of.
In the 18th minute the Tigers nearly opened the scoring after a beautiful delivery from Elmohamady, with Curtis Davis latching on and heading down near the reach of Tim Krul, who parried it away with Coloccini clearing off the line.
The breakthrough came in the 40th minute for Newcastle through Remy Cabella. Robertson gave possession away to the diminutive Frenchman in a dangerous area, allowing him to pick up the ball and fire from outside the box straight in the bottom left corner of the net for his first Newcastle United goal.
Elmohamady was involved in the biggest talking point of the first half. Right before half-time it looked like Elmohamady had levelled the match for Hull, but it was rightfully disallowed for a blatant handball by the Egyptian international. Replays clearly showed Ramirez’ free-kick from the right was punched into the net by Elmo, for which he received a yellow card.
HT: Hull City 0-1 Newcastle. Here's Ahmed Elmohamady fisting the ball into the net, correctly disallowed. https://t.co/PuoAhGnKhE
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 31, 2015
Newcastle United doubled their lead five minutes into the second half with a wonderful strike from Ameobi. Hull again gave away the ball in their own half where Ameobi picked it up lashed in a sumptuous long range effort, hitting the back of the net from a good 30 yards out to the left of McGregor’s desperately outstretched hand.
In the 78th minute yet another careless pass from Hull started a Newcastle attack. Second half substitute Yoann Gouffran dribbled to the edge of the box with ease and fired, with his shot deflecting off Elmohamady and past McGreggor to make it 3-0 for Newcastle.
This is John Carver’s first win as head coach of Newcastle following Alan Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace. Hull has now lost two of their last 16 and failed to score in seven of their last nine matches. The Tigers remain in the relegation zone with their next match coming away to Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City next week.
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