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Newcastle United’s upturn in fortunes continued with a 4-1 win at Hull City, but the talking point was the dismissal of manager Alan Pardew for what appeared to be a headbutt (per the Daily Mail).
Following a run of four games without a victory, the Magpies have now won two on the spin.
Moussa Sissoka fired Newcastle ahead on 10 minutes with a powerful drive. The goal came moments after Magpies keeper Tim Krul had pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Alex Bruce.
Hull continued to create chances, and Nikica Jelavic went close when crashing a free-kick against the woodwork, but they fell two behind on 42 minutes when Loic Remy pounced on a weak backpass to round Tigers keeper Allan McGregor and slot home.
A header from Curtis Davies on 46 minutes handed Hull a lifeline, but Sissoko’s second of the game derailed any thoughts of a comeback.
The drama was not done, as Pardew clashed with David Meyler on the touchline and was sent to the stands for what appeared to be a headbutt.
Newcastle remained calm, and Vurnon Anita bagged his first Premier League goal for the club to cap the win.
Pardew held his hands up and admitted he had erred in his clash with Meyler. Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Newcastle boss said:
It was a heat-of-the-moment thing, I massively regret it. I am going to have to sit down from now on as I have been involved in a couple of incidents on the line.
I did not mean to do anything aggressive, but I moved my head forward and that is enough.
It is a shame as it has taken the gloss off a fantastic performance.
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