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Pardew sent off for headbutting Hull's Meyler

ESPN staff
March 1, 2014
Alan Pardew was sent to the stands at the KC Stadium © Getty Images

Alan Pardew is facing a lengthy ban and a hefty fine after being sent off for headbutting Hull's David Meyler in Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

The incident occurred in the second-half with Pardew sent to the stands and Meyler booked following an altercation on the touchline.

Following the match, Pardew said: "It was a heat of the moment thing. I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on.

"Of course, I didn't mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward and that's enough. Perhaps I need to sit down from now on. It's a shame beacons it's taken the gloss off a terrific performance.

"Of course I apologise. I represent a big club. I tried to push him away with my head and I shouldn't have done that. My team were terrific and it's only myself who had a poor performance."

Newcastle took the lead after just 10 minutes with Mathieu Debuchy cutting the ball back to Moussa Sissoko who swept home into the top corner. Hull went close to levelling when Nikica Jelavic's free-kick took a nick off the wall and hit the bar, before Newcastle then doubled their lead just before half time. Maynor Figueroa mis-hit a back pass straight to Loic Remy, who rounded Allan McGregor and slotted the ball into the net.

But Hull got back into the match a minute after the restart, Curtis Davies beating Tim Krul to Tom Huddlestone's free-kick and heading in. However Newcastle didn't take long to restore their two-goal lead, Sissoko exposing some poor Hull defending again to sweep home the rebound from Yoan Gouffran's spilled shot on 55 minutes.

Vurnon Anita then wrapped up the scoring for Newcastle late on.

Elsewhere, Everton handed West Ham their first defeat in six games after Romelu Lukaku's strike gave them a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

Leighton Baines picked out Lukaku in the box, and the striker lashed the ball home from 10 yards for his first goal since December.

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