The Toon Army come crashing down to Earth with a late strike from Hull City's Daniel Cousin on 81 minutes.
The Tigers, in their emergency third strip (last seasons' white away shirts and shorts due to FA stipulations), fielded a team of fringe players against the home team. The injury ravaged Newcastle team still had a host of internationals at their disposal but couldn't score in what was a lacklustre affair at best in front of a half-empty St. James' Park.
The home team came out strongly and had a few chances with Owen, Butt and Xisco coming close but they could not breach the Hull City defences. The main talking point of the first half was the sending to the stands of both managers. Brown and Kinnear were sent to the stands by referee O'Dowd for angrily remonstrating with him over the late challenge on Cousin by the booked Coloccini.
The second half started brightly for Newcastle again as Owen fired from close range but once again spurned his chance. the game stopped briefly as Hull City's stand-in captain George Boateng was carried off after 67 minutes because of a crunching tackle by Nicky Butt.
The Magpies could not consolidate their early second half chances and became increasingly edgy before some concerted pressure form the Tigers resulted in Cousin's 81st minute goal that sends them into a fourth round home tie with Millwall.
Newcastle: Given, Edgar, Bassong, Coloccini, N'Zogbia, Gutierrez, Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Owen, Xisco. Subs: Harper, Taylor, Kadar, LuaLua, Carroll, Donaldson, Ranger.
Hull: Duke, Doyle, McShane, Zayatte, Ricketts, Fagan, Halmosi, Boateng, France, Garcia, Cousin. Subs: Warner, Ashbee, Mendy, Folan, Featherstone, Giannakopoulos, Atkinson.
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