Pardew mars Magpies' stroll
Hull City 1 Newcastle Utd 4
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has denied headbutting Hull's David Meyler in a touchline altercation at the KC Stadium but conceded he would be "stupid" not to expect the FA to come down hard on him in the coming days.
Pardew was sent off in the 72nd minute, referee Kevin Friend adjudging the Magpies boss to be the main aggressor in an ugly tussle sparked when Meyler barged into the 52-year-old while attempting to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.
Pardew, no stranger to touchline altercations in the last year with his confrontation with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini the highest profile, appeared to move his head towards Meyler, who was later commended by Hull boss Steve Bruce for not making more of the contact.
Yet while the Republic of Ireland international midfielder's actions perhaps warded off an even more explosive melee, Padrew admitted he had crossed a line.
"He was right on top of me and I wanted to just ease him away from me but obviously I put my head in a forward motion. I want to apologise to him, everyone at Hull and obviously my own fans as well," said Pardew. "I don't think it was a headbutt. It wasn't a motion that was quick.
"Sometimes when you're on the sideline like that you can get involved in a moment like that. It was an incident that just flared up all around me. I just wanted to get him away, but with the forward motion...you can't do that.
"Of course, I'm not stupid enough to accept there's going to be no punishment. I'll have to accept whatever comes my way."
The incident took the gloss off a superb display by the Magpies, who had been goal-shy in recent weeks but exploded into life thanks to a Moussa Sissoko brace and one each for Loic Remy and Vurnon Anita.
Hull boss Steve Bruce saw his charges get back to 2-1 early in the second half through a Curtis Davies header but failed to kick on from there.
"I've never seen or witnessed anything like that," said Bruce of the incident. "There's no question that Alan's led with his head and he's obviously lost it."
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