ALAN Pardew is facing a touchline ban after being sent to the stands for appearing to aim a headbutt at David Meyler during Newcastle United’s win at the KC Stadium.
Two goals from Moussa Sissoko, and strikes from Loic Remy and Vurnon Anita, gave Pardew’s side a convincing 4-1 victory over Hull City this afternoon.
But the game, the club’s 100th away success in the Premier League, was marred by a second-half incident between Pardew and Meyler.
Pardew reacted angrily to being shoved by Meyler as the former Sunderland striker attempted to retrieve the ball, which had gone out of play.
United’s manager moved his head towards Meyler and struck him.
Referee Kevin Friend booked Meyler and sent Pardew down the tunnel.
The incident will now be looked into by the Football Association.
Pardew was handed a two-game touchline suspension and fined for pushing a linesman last season, and it seems certain he will be given a significantly longer ban for this incident.
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Pardew had handed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a start in the absence of captain Fabricio Coloccini, allowed to return home to his native Argentina after a family bereavement.
And on-loan Luuk de Jong played behind lone striker Remy.
United’s Yoan Gouffran wasn’t far away with an early shot for United on a bright afternoon on Humberside.
Newcastle’s breakthrough came in the 10th minute, but the club’s opening goal owed everything to goalkeeper Tim Krul, who pulled off a superb double save seconds before Sissoko beat Allan McGregor with a fine shot.
After Krul’s intervention, United quickly broke upfield.
Defender Mathieu Debuchy reached the byline and pulled the ball back for Sissoko, who struck a first-time shot with his right foot into the top right-hand corner.
The game swung from end to end, and Nikica Jelavic should have done better when Ahmed Elmohamady found him with a right-wing cross.
Jelavic put his header wide in front of Newcastle’s 2,500-strong travelling support.
Ex-Everton striker Jelavic also struck the crossbar with a deflected free-kick in the 36th minute as Hull pressed for an equaliser, and an unmarked Elmohamady somehow put a header wide after Long found him at the far post.
And Hull were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal before the break.
Remy latched on to an under-hit backpass from Maynor Figueroa and took the ball past McGregor before rolling the ball into an empty to score his 13th goal of the campaign.
But Hull were given hope early in the second half.
Curtis Davies got to a Tom Huddlestone cross before Krul and headed the ball home to make it 2-1 to Newcastle, who had seemingly been in complete control when the half-time whistle was blown.
United, however, soon restored their two-goal lead.
Pardew’s side broke forward, and McGregor could only parry a shot from Gouffran. Sissoko beat everyone to the loose ball to score Newcastle’s third goal.
Chances came and went in the second half, but the main talking point was Pardew’s confrontation with Meyler.
Vurnon Anita scored a fourth goal for Newcastle in injury time to cap a memorable afternoon on the pitch.
However, United’s seventh away success of the season will be remembered more for Pardew’s touchline antics.
HULL CITY: McGregor, Bruce, Davies (Chester, 86), Figueroa (Koren, 62), Elomhamady, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore (Aluko, 62), Jelavic, Long. Subs not used: Harper, Boyd, Sagbo, Quinn.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; de Jong (Gosling, 90); Remy. Subs not used: Alnwick, S Taylor, Haidara, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.
Goals: Sissoko 10, 56, Remy 42, Davies 47, Anita 90
Bookings: Tiote 29, Yanga-Mbiwa 35, Jelavic 53, Meyler 72, Huddlestone 81
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicester)