Moussa Sissoko brace helped the travelling Magpies to aniihilate hosts Hull City by 4-1 but the encounter turned sour when Newcastle United manager Alan pardew headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler. The Football Association is expected to come down hard Pardew for the inexplicable incident but the Magpies boss would be happy for his side’s stupendous display at the KC Stadium.
Pardew however denied that he’d headbutted Meyler afterwards, saying: ‘I don’t accept it was a headbutt. I feel it was not a quick movement but I did move my head in a forward direction. I am sorrr, I shouldn’t have done that. I was simply trying to get the lad out of my way but it simply all flared up around me. I’ve apologised to the player and to Hull. I haven’t had too many instances of having to sit in the stands but I’m not stupid. Also I do expect some sort of punishment which I will have to accept. Probably some sort of fine and a ban.”
As a result of the win, Newcastle are now eighth on the table with 43 points while Hull are on eleventh but the gap between the two sides is a wide 13 points.
Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to win the game for Everton against West Ham at Goodison Park. The on-loan Chelsea forward gave his side a 1-0 win as he was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Everton are now sixth on the table for their quest of Champions League aspirations while the Hammers are tenth with 31 points.
Goal: Lukaku, 81.
Referee: Jon Moss
Man of the Match: Leighton Baines.
Stats Courtesy: Daily Mail