31st January, 2015
John Carver finally enjoyed his first win as Newcastle manager as the Magpies cruised to a 3-0 success at struggling Hull on Saturday.
Carver had gone four matches without a victory since taking over from Alan Pardew at St James’ Park on a caretaker basis, but in the week the Newcastle-born 50-year-old was confirmed as head coach until the end of the season, he was able to celebrate three points at last.
After three successive defeats, Newcastle were lifted by Remy Cabella’s strike just before half-time and second half goals from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran ensured Newcastle would clinch their first win since December 28.
Carver has set Newcastle the challenge of finishing in the top half of the Premier League and his team are now 10th, while Steve Bruce’s Hull remain in the relegation zone after a fourth consecutive defeat, which prompted thousands of disillusioned fans to stream away from the KC Stadium well before full time.
Hull had looked more vibrant in the early stages and almost grabbed the lead in the eighth minute when Michael Dawson headed just over.
Somehow the visitors stayed on level terms 10 minutes later after a mighty goalmouth scramble sparked by an Ahmed Elmohamady cross.
Tigers’ captain Curtis Davies headed the ball goalwards but a combination of Tim Krul’s hand and the chest of Fabricio Coloccini managed to bundle the ball off the line.
But Newcastle made the most of their escapes and took the lead in the 40th minute when Hull’s Andrew Robertson gifted Cabella possession 20 yards out and the French midfielder fired low past Allan McGregor for his first Newcastle goal.
Hull thought they had equalised in stoppage-time at the end of the first half when Elmohamady bundled a Gaston Ramirez free kick into the net and wheeled away in triumph, only to be booked after the assistant referee noticed the Egyptian had punched the ball into the net.
Carver’s team doubled their lead in the 50th minute when Ramirez gave the ball away to Jack Colback.
Colback fed Ameobi and the striker advanced unchecked before lashing a 25-yard effort past McGregor and into the bottom corner.
Newcastle were in total control and the third goal arrived in the 78th minute when Gouffran ran unchallenged at the home defence and fired in a shot which was deflected into his own net by Elmohamady.