Written by HullCityJournals
Newcastle United had the chance to once again play against Premier League opposition. Hull welcomed back their championship hero, Mohammed Diame. A game that saw him score against his former side; but get knocked out of the EFL cup. History was created on Tuesday 29th November, I can say I was there, can you?
The Magpies started the stronger of the two teams who have contrasted feelings in their respective leagues. Various early attacks on the Hull goal set for a nervy game. Top scorer in the championship (Gayle) had a marvellous opportunity to put the ‘toon’ ahead with a stinging shot from the edge of the box, but Eldin Jakupovic was equally aware to it. Mo Diame then had a go himself which wasn’t too far away; panic set in.
I think the referee was terrible; for both teams. Several times there were trips on city players which got nothing from the ref. An incident even occurred where Matt Richie practically sat on Diomande whilst he was running. Nothing. A terrible performance from the man in the middle.
Attacks made by the tigers was very rare, until an exceptional passage of play was made during the second half, Dio’ who I thought looked exciting all game, used some fancy footwork to get past Shelvey, then switched it across to the Egyptian Elmo to have a neat touch exchange with Snodgrass. The Scot allowed the ball to run to Adama whose shot was originally blocked, it came back out to the play-maker who could only fire wide.
As the match got nearer the end, United carried on using the monotonous wide play technique, and it nearly paid off, luckily not! A venomous shot by Newcastle’s left-back struck the crossbar. Hull gave one last attack which saw Mbokani fouled, which he then lost his temper and appeared to nut centre-back Lascelles. This resulted in a straight red for the striker.
A restart on the game saw Newcastle trying to unlock the home teams defence, it was resilient but only for so long. A dangerous cross saw Gayle nod it to the back post. Guess who was there to tap it home? Who else but the man who got us promoted back in May now sunk us in November. However…
Hull 0-1 Newcastle.
A downed Hull city restarted with their usual routine, back to Dawson to hoof it up-field, this time it was different to usual. Substitute Henriksen did well to get up and header it to Diomande, who got tackled, luckily the ball fell into the path of Mark, he took on the black and whites defence, a shot parried away by ‘keeper Matt Sels allowed Snoddy to run in from the opposite side to poke home the equaliser. The away team had shot themselves in the foot, there was hardly any time to exhale between the two goals. Made dramatically awkward as their fans were singing “Que Sera Sera”.
Hull 1-1 Newcastle.
It came to penalties. Oh dear. penalty time:
The man who is wanted in goal by all Hull fans showed why he should be in between the sticks for us. Shelvey took the first penalty, only for our hero to save his weak spot-kick before our specialist set piece taker, Snoddy smashed home. ‘castle missed 2 in 2 which took pressure off Dawson, who tucked home confidently. Substitute Atsu smashed his home and Huddlestone similar. Yoan gouffran took united’s last penalty, a save by Jakupovic again proving his worth, Hull only had to take 3 penalties.
Hull 3-1 Newcastle (penalties).
Hull fans, what can this cup competition do for your league form? Are you confident you can win it? Let us know in the comments below!
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