Newcastle United 2 (Remy 11, 44)
Hull City 3 (Brady 26, Elmohamady 48, Aluko 77)
A stunning late volley from Sone Aluko earned Hull City their first away points of the season after they twice came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Loic Remy had twice put the home side in front in the first half but goals from Robbie Brady, Ahmed Elmohamady and Aluko’s beauty brought victory for a City side full of energy, enthusiasm and no shortage of quality.
Steve Bruce made two enforced changes to his starting eleven with Stephen Quinn and Liam Rosenior coming in for Robert Koren and Maynor Figueroa. Rosenior filled in at left back with Curtis Davies captaining the side in Koren’s absence.
Newcastle had the better of the opening exchanges with Loic Remy looking particularly dangerous and it was he who gave the hosts an 11th minute lead. A deep cross from the right found Papiss Cisse and what was presumably a poorly executed volley at goal turned into a fortunate assist for Remy to guide a header past Allan McGregor.
After a difficult opening 15 minute, City began to show signs that they were settling into the contest and forced their first corner when a Brady crossed was knocked behind by Davide Santon. Tom Huddlestone delivered the set-piece to the penalty spot but with Newcastle seemingly struggling to clear their lines, nobody in a blue away shirt was able to capitalise, despite half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Davies looked to pounce.
There was further hesitancy in the Newcastle defence when Jake Livermore seized possession on the edge of the penalty area, but the midfielder saw two attempts on goal blocked.
Brady’s trickery on the left brought City’s next chance. Tight to the byeline, he somehow managed to dig out a perfect cross for Danny Graham who seemed certain to score with a header from four yards, but Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul somehow blocked the attempt with the rebound falling agonisingly out of Graham’s reach. Newcastle hoofed clear but the Tigers weren’t done and kept the ball alive to find a deserved equaliser, working it for Quinn on the right who in turn found Aluko on the edge of the ‘D’. He fed Brady to his left and after taking a touch to steady himself, he fired low beyond Krul to level the score.
City’s tails were up with Aluko seeing a deflected effort held by Krul before Huddlestone’s delightful ball for Graham was let down by a poor first touch from the striker as Fabricio Coloccini recovered to clear.
Livermore saw an effort deflected wide but it was Newcastle who finished the half the stronger with Yohan Cabaye firing over from 20 yards.
Just when it looked as though the sides would go in level at the break, the home side struck a blow in the 44th minute with another goal that had plenty of fortune attached to it. Cabaye’s shot was well blocked by James Chester, but the ball fell perfectly for Remy to fire home his second of the game into the bottom corner.
Half Time: Newcastle 2-1 Hull City
The goal just before half time failed to dampen the spirit of Bruce’s side and they were back level three minutes after the restart. A foul on Aluko brought a free kick and Brady delivered a perfect ball for Elmohamady to get in front of some slack marking to flick a deft header in off the far post.
From that point, the Tigers grew in confidence and Elmohamady’s cross picked out Graham for the striker to fire straight at Krul.
Any attempt by the home side to build up some pressure were being repelled by a well-drilled City defence and fresh legs were then introduced to the Tigers’ midfield as George Boyd replaced Quinn.
Boyd soon had City on the attack as he won a corner but Brady’s delivery was cleared.
Boyd’s next involvement set up the goal of the game and, possibly, the goal of the season. After combining with Rosenior down the left, Boyd pulled a deliciously tempting ball back to the edge of the box for Aluko, who met it with a sumptuous volley which flew past Krul and in off the post. 3-2 to the Tigers with 13 minutes to go.
Any thoughts that that Tigers would sit back and see the game out were dispelled as Aluko unlocked the home defence with a lofted ball for Graham, but again the striker was let down by a poor first touch.
Newcastle threw all that they had at City in the closing minutes and as the game entered five minutes of added time, the chance they needed arrived as the ball was worked in from the right for Remy, who somehow missed the target from six yards.
A magnificent away following breathed a huge sigh of relief but the job was about to get harder as, with all three substitutes used, Chester pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury. City reorganised with Huddlestone dropping in at centre back and Chester just used as an extra body up front before eventually limping off with around a minute of added time left.
City ran the clock down with some intelligent play down by the Newcastle corner flag before the final whistle signalled first away win of the season.
Hull City: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Curtis Davies, James Chester, Ahmed Elmohamady, Robbie Brady (David Meyler 73), Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn (George Boyd 64), Sone Aluko, Danny Graham (Yannick Sagbo 84).
Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, Nick Proschwitz.
Newcastle: Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy (Cheick Tiote 86), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye (Yoan Gouffran 62), Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cissé (Sylvain Marveaux 73), Loic Remy.
Subs Not Used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi.
Referee: Mr M. Atkinson.