Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City - Cisse brace rescues Magpies

Newcastle United came from 2-0 down to draw with Hull City at St. James Park, with Papiss Cisse scoring twice to rescue Alan Pardew.

A winless Newcastle took on a solid if unspectacular Hull City side at St. James' Park this afternoon, with around 30,000 Magpies fans protesting over the position of Alan Pardew as the club's manager.

The first half of the game passed without a girl, but the mood of the Newcastle faithful didn't improve early in the second half when Hull striker Nikica Jelavic executed a stunning bicycle kick to give the Tigers the lead. The Croatian's goal made him Hull's second top goalscorer in the Premier League history behind Geovanni, and the former Everton man had a chance to make it two before Hull did extend their lead.

New signing Mohamed Diame grabbed a goal on his debut against former club West Ham on Monday, and the Senegalese international made it two in two games with just 20 minutes left.

The atmosphere around the ground was toxic at that stage, but it changed when Papiss Cisse hauled the Magpies back into the game with 15 minutes to play. Before that goal, Cisse had failed to score since March, and it was clear that he was given a confidence boost by his goal.

With just three minutes to play, Cisse latched on to Yoann Gouffran's knock down to smash the ball home from close range, rescuing a point - and saving Pardew's job for now at least.

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