A spectacular and rare brace for midfielder Moussa Sissoko powered Newcastle United’s 4-1 victory over Hull City on Saturday evening at KC Stadium.
The French international began and solidified the Magpies scoring, and notched his first brace since last season’s victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The match was also marred by a nasty incident from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who was sent off for headbutting Hull's David Meyler. A suspension is likely forthcoming.
Cleanly winning the battle for possession and shot attempts throughout the match, Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy chased down a loose ball deep in Hull’s territory and sliced a cross to the cutting Sissoko for a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play.
From there, Loic Remy cleaned up a poor clearance attempt by Hull’s Maynor Figueroa with a quick scurry to the back of the net, giving Newcastle a 2-0 advantage with his goal in the 42nd minute before the close of the first half.
Remy has now notched 13 goals this season in his first full-length Premier League stretch.
Midfielder Vurnon Anita capped the onslaught with a goal off a right-footed shot near the outside of the six-yard box for his second score of the year.
Following Hull defender Curtis Davies’s goal in the 46th minute that cut into Newcastle’s lead, Sissoko struck again by completing a fast break by racing in for rebounded shot from Yoan Gouffran in the 55th.
Despite the two-goal discrepancy for most of the match, Hull pressed on and forced several corner kicks in the final 20 minutes of play, but couldn’t generate any legitimate opportunities.
Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and midfielder Ismael Cheik Tiote were each booked in the first half, but their errors had little effect on play or their squad’s lead. All three of Hull’s bookings were likely out of frustration, with forward Nikica Jelavic, and midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Meyler issued yellows.
The victory puts Newcastle two points behind Everton in eighth place on the table, while Hull missed a chance to leapfrog West Ham for 10th place.