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Sone Aluko scored a superb late winner as Hull City came from behind to earn a 3-2 win at Newcastle United on Saturday.
Alan Pardew's side headed into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 win at Aston Villa, while Hull were looking for their first away win of the campaign, and the hosts twice took the lead through Loic Remy, making his full home debut at St James' Park, only for Hull to pull things back through Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady. It was the newly-promoted side who would take all three points, though, Aluko scoring late on to stun the home crowd and send the travelling fans home happy.
Newcastle were unchanged from the side that won at Villa last weekend, but Hull manager Steve Bruce was forced to make two changes to his starting XI. Defender Liam Rosenior was handed a start in place of Maynor Figueroa, absent on compassionate grounds, while Stephen Quinn replaced the injured Robert Koren.
Newcastle made a quick start to proceedings, with Yohan Cabaye and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa both shooting over from range in the opening exchanges. It did not take them long to open the scoring, Remy heading into the bottom corner after Papiss Cisse had directed Moussa Sissoko's far-post cross into his path. The hosts continued to do most of the pressing, but Hull began to grow more assured as the half progressed, carving out some promising opportunities.
Pardew's men eventually ceded the initative midway through the first half when Brady fired a low left-footed shot under Tim Krul just moments after the Dutchman had produced a fine save to deny Danny Graham from point-blank range.
Hull dictated matters after finding the equaliser, with most of their attacks coming down the left-hand side as they targeted Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy. However, Bruce's men failed to take advantage of their superiority, and the Magpies re-established their advantage just before the break as Remy fired in his second with a curling strike after Cabaye had seen his initial effort blocked.
Newcastle's lead in fact lasted just two minutes into the second half, as Elmohamady capitalised on some poor defending from the hosts to head Brady's inswinging free-kick in off the post.
The chances dried up following that second leveller, and Newcastle were dealt a blow on the hour mark when Cabaye limped off after coming off worse in a challenge with Curtis Davies.
As the second half wore on, Hull began controlling the tempo and preventing Newcastle from creating any clear-cut opportunities. The visitors did not want to settle for a point, and 13 minutes from time they took the lead in spectacular fashion, Aluko volleying in from close range after great work down the left from substitute George Boyd.
Remy volleyed wide from two yards out in the dying seconds as Hull held on to seal a big win.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: "We weren't tight enough as a team, we were loose today and Hull exploited those spaces. It's the consistency of performance that this team is searching for. The team that finished fifth, you can see similarities in this team, but that team had a consistency in performance as a team, not as individuals.
"Today the formation was the same, the set-up was the same but we looked not the same. We were too loose and gifted them goals and you can't do that against any opposition and Hull, I'll be the first to pay tribute to them because they played very well, but for us it is a really disappointing day."
Hull City boss Steve Bruce: "I think what's pleased me most is the manner in which we played, we were a little bit bold, we played two strikers and were a little bit different and in the end it doesn't surprise me that we've come up here and won because we've got some good players, I hope they can keep their feet on the ground and enjoy it.
"The big thing with Sone is it's taken him a long time to get himself into physical condition. I hope he stays injury-free because you'd pay money to watch him, he's a really good little footballer and a delight to work with, too.
"He missed two or three against Manchester City and that's the big thing that's been levelled at us: 'Can we score enough?' We haven't got the resources where we can go buy someone to score us 20 goals a season in the Premier League, but we hope Danny [Graham] and Sone can go get us 12 or 15, which will keep us in the division."
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