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Remy double not enough as Magpies lose in front of Joe
Full-time: Newcastle United 2 Hull City 3
The Tigers came from behind twice before grabbing a winner through Sone Aluko's brilliant volley with 14 minutes remaining as director of football Kinnear sat alongside club owner Mike Ashley in the Milburn Stand.
It was the first time Kinnear had been to a Magpies game since the transfer window closed and it had looked as if he would see a third successive Newcastle win after a Loic Remy double for Alan Pardew's men.
Newcastle looked in confident mood when the game got underway and needed less than 11 minutes to open the scoring.
When Moussa Sissoko's curling cross to the back post was miss-hit across goal by Papiss Cisse's volley, Remy was on hand to jump on the six yard line to nod over the line.
At that point it looked as if the afternoon would be routine. It was anything but that in the end.
After goalkeeper Tim Krul had denied Danny Graham from close-range quarter of an hour later, Newcastle failed to clear their lines properly.
And when the ball worked its way back to Robbie Brady inside the Newcastle box, the winger was left in lots of space to drill the equaliser low through Krul's legs.
Hull's impact on proceedings grew after that and the tempo of the home team dropped, but it was Newcastle who regained the advantage before half-time.
When Yohan Cabaye – who was forced off after the break after a strong challenge from Curtis Davies – saw a shot blocked, the ball feel invitingly for Remy.
The Frenchman, on loan from QPR, then instinctively side-footed a low left-foot shot beyond Allan McGregor's outstretched left arm to put Newcastle ahead.
No sooner had the second half restarted, though, Hull had pulled level again.
This time Brady's free-kick from the left touchline was met by Ahmed Elmohamady. The former Sunderland winger was allowed to move undetected to the front post to nod the delivery in off Krul's far post.
Worse was to follow. When George Boyd floated in a cross from the left 14 minutes from the end, the lively Sone Aluko struck a sweet left-foot volley in off Krul's left hand post.
Newcastle could have few complaints, with McGregor rarely troubled – particularly in the second half as Pardew often cut a frustrated figure.
There were too many below-par performances and, even though Remy missed a great stoppage-time chance for a hat-trick, Hull could have had more in front of the watching Kinnear.
Kinnear's first match at St James' Park did not go quite to plan, but he did avoid any direct criticism from the fans.
And in his match-day programme notes he explained the club's failure to add more than just Remy before the transfer window closed.
He said: “It was very frustrating that we did not add at least another signing to the squad in the recent window, but it was not for lack of effort.
“It was not an easy task to improve the quality of the current squad with the financial resources at our disposal, particularly in a window in which the value of players was grossly over-inflated and the demands of agents likewise.
“I worked very hard on several targets and we made a number of bids for players, but for various reasons – some of which were outside the club’s control - we were unable to secure our targets.
“We will continue to operate in a financially responsible manner, buying only the right players for the right prices and not paying over the odds or making costly knee-jerk decisions.
“This is the reality of a well-run football club that lives within its means. When the deal is right and the player can add real quality and depth to the squad, we have the ability to spend.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1): Krul; Debuchy (Tiote 86), Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon; Anita, Sissoko; Ben Arfa, Cabaye (Gouffran 61), Remy; Cisse (Marveaux 73). Subs: Elliot (gk), Williamson, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett.
HULL CITY (4-4-2): McGregor; Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior; Brady (Meyler 73), Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn (Boyd 64); Aluko, Graham (Sagbo 84). Subs: Harper (gk), Bruce, Faye, Proschwitz.
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