This was not a performance to inspire confidence in the huge Newcastle fan base that the Newcastle UNited side can actually stay up this season, but at least it was a point.
What’s good about that ? It was at least better than losing again, but hardly an inspiring display from the lads, given the difficulties we are in.
In a game that was vital to the Newcastle survival effort, you certainly wouldn’t have thought it at the start with Hull City dominating the game, and they went ahead after only 9 minutes.
Geremi lost the ball to Zayate midway inside Hull’s half, and the ball was worked quickly and well to Craig Fagan out on the left, and his far post cross was headed into the back of the net by Geovanni to give the home side a well deserved lead.
Hull City were surprisingly the better side in the first 35 minutes, but then after 38 minutes Newcastle equalized, and it was Steven Taylor who put the ball in the back of the net.
Gutierrez on the right rolled the ball to Nicky Butt, who then curled a nice cross to the edge of the six-yard area. It was met by Steven Taylor who turned nicely to hit a terrific right-foot volley into the back of the net.
What a goal by the right back! Steven of course started out as a striker and he just loves to score goals, and this was a brilliant effort.
In the second half Newcastle were better, and probably felt they should have taken all 3 points , which were desperately needed.
Near the end of the game Newcastle came close twice to grabbing the winner through both Jonas Gutierrez and Oba Martins, but in the end they had to be satisfied with a single point.
However, this performance just wasn’t good enough on the day, and if they had played anywhere near the form they showed against Manchester United ten days ago, they could and should have won this game.
It’s looking like this will go down to the wire, in what has been a completely awful season for Newcastle fans.
Hull City: Matt Duke, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayate, Bernard Mendy, Anthony Gardner, Ian Ashbee, Geovanni, Kevin Kilbane, Craig Fagan Daniel Couin
Subs: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Nick Barmby, Bryan Hughes, Richard Garcia, Peter Halmosi, Manucho
Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Fraser Forster, Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar, Andy Carroll