Three goals from Newcastle was enough to give us a great 3-0 win at the KC Stadium today, and that was our first win of the year and our first win since Alan Pardew left the club late last year.
Remy Cabella after scoring first goal on 41 minutes
This will be a big shot in the arm for both John Carver and the Newcastle players – and for the Newcastle fans – and the lads deserved the win against a poor looking Hull City side, who had a number of their players back from injury.
Newcastle went ahead on 40 minutes with a great first goal from Remy Cabella, and then on 50 minutes Sammy Ameobi hit a terrific left foot shot from almost 30 yards out into the back of the net, and then after 78 minutes it was substitute Yoan Gouffran with his second goal in as many games that wrapped up a very important win for the Magpies.
Hull should really have gone ahead after 18 minutes when Curtis Davies from about five yards out should have headed the ball home but Tim Krul made a gerat save as he seemed to divert the ball onto the chest of Coloccini, standing on the line, and the ball was cleared.
On 41 minutes Newcastle went ahead with the very first goal from Remy Cabella and what a goal it was.
Ahmed Elmohamady punching the ball home just before half time
Remy had the ball just outside the box and he seemed to be fouled but he picked himself up and won the ball back and in one movement slammed the ball past Allan McGregor and into the back of the net – and it was a rare bit of class shown in that first half.
It was a great strike from the classy Frenchman and that will be a great relief to him now that he’s scored for Newcastle – fantastic finish from Remy.
And just before the break it looked like Elmohamady had equalized, but TV replays showed he had clearly punched the ball into the back of the net on purpose – that was just plain cheating from the Hull wing-back, and he received a yellow card.
That was good work by the linesman because those often go undetected especially when the Hull player went crazy after it looked like he had scored.
It was 1-0 at halftime and Newcastle had put together a workmanlike performance in that first half and were 1-0 ahead through a really great bit of class from Cabella.
At the start of the second half the rain was coming down in (the proverbial) sheets.
And just five minutes into the second half and Sammy Ameobi had the ball 30 yards out and he hit wonderful left foot swerving (and dipping) shot past McGregor into the back of the net and Newcastle were 2-0 up.
That was a vital second goal early in the second half for Newcastle.
After 53 minutes a wild attempt at a clearance from Fabricio Coloccini had the ball high in the air and it was Vurnon Anita near his goal line – who did extremely well to head the ball clear.
What was Colo thinking?
The Newcastle traveling fans for once were getting a real treat, and they were heard singing loud and long – at what was turning out to be a decent performance from Newcastle today.
Good for them.
On 64 minutes a great cross over into the Newcastle penalty box and from one yard out somehow Jelavic couldn’t turn the ball into the back of the net and the ball went parallel to the Newcastle goal line – I think I could have even have scored with that chance.
Well – maybe not.
But Hull hadn’t scored in the last three games – all defeats – and today they missed what few chances they had.
Yoan Gouffran came on for Remy Cabella after 71 minutes, and would you believe it but 8 minutes later Yoan scored his second goal in as many games, as he rifled the ball into the net but the ball seemed to take a deflection over goalkeeper McGregor.
Papiss Cisse came on for young Ayoze Perez after 82 minutes to get a run out – after getting back from Equatorial Guinea only yesterday from the African Cup of Nations.
And then in stoppage time Sammy Ameobi came off and on came Mehdi Abeid for about the last minute of the game.
We had expected Mehdi to replace Vurnon Anita today in the starting line-up – but to his credit the Dutchman worked hard and had a very decent game today for Newcastle in the middle of the park.
Newcastle held on well for what was an extremely important win – and certainly some of our fears of falling into a relegation battle will be lifted by this excellent result – the second season running we have won by three goals at the KC Stadium.
And it was our first clean sheet since we won 1-0 against QPR at home on November 22nd – 13 games ago – so maybe the influence of Dave Watson is already starting to show with our defense.
There were a lot of good things to take out of this game today, and although it wasn’t a great performance by any means, we were far too good for Hull City.
And owner Mike Ashley was at the game too – and seen to be laughing at the final whistle – so the Billionaire will be pleased with the win which takes to 30 points after 23 games played and at the moment we are in 10th place.
Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Brady 71), Ramirez, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler (Aluko 55), Hernandez (Ince 66), Jelavic
Subs not used: Bruce, McShane, Harper, Quinn
Booked: Meyler 24, Elmohamady 45
Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Cabella (Gouffran 72), Sissoko, Ameobi (Abeid 90), Perez (Cisse 82)
Subs not used: Santon, Obertan, Riviere, Alnwick
Scorer(s): Cabella 40, Ameobi 50, Gouffran 78
Booked: Anita 29
Referee: Phil Dowd