PAPISS Demba Cisse made a dramatic comeback for Newcastle United at St James’s Park this afternoon.
The striker came off the bench with his team trailing Hull City by two goals.
And Cisse – who had been sidelined for five months with a fractured kneecap – struck twice late on to claim a welcome point.
There were more chants and protests against Newcastle’s embattled manager Alan Pardew during the Premier League game.
Some supporters held up posters calling for his dismissal early in the match.
Hull had led through second-half strikes from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame.
United’s players took to the field wearing T-shirts bearing the name and squad number of Jonas Gutierrez – who is battling cancer – and the message ‘Howay man, get well soon’.
Newcastle started well, and there were early chances for Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Jack Colback.
But United, yet again, lacked conviction in front of goal.
There were chants of ‘we want Pardew out’ later in the half, but the protests in the stands before the break were muted as Newcastle’s players probed away on the field.
United, however, couldn’t get the breakthrough they desperately needed before the interval.
And Jelavic punished them early in the second half.
Ahmed Elmohamady crossed from the right, and the striker beat Tim Krul with an unstoppable scissor kick.
Newcastle fought back strongly – Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor stopped a shot from Cabella with his legs – but they couldn’t find a way past their visitors.
Stephen Quinn should have put the visitors 2-0 up after a deflected Tom Huddlestone free-kick rolled to him, but he shot wide.
But Diame made no mistake in the 68th minute.
With Cisse patiently waiting to come on for United, the midfielder took the ball outside the box and struck a fierce left-footed shot which left Krul with no chance.
United, however, were back in the game five minutes later.
Cheik Tiote played Cisse in, and the striker beat McGregor at his near post with a precise finish.
Cisse pulled up his shirt to reveal the message ‘Always looking forward Jonas’ on a T-shirt.
And the 29-year-old netted a second two minutes from time after Yoan Gouffran headed a deep left-wing cross from Moussa Sissoko into his path.
The result saw Newcastle – who had been propping up the league – move up to 18th place.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Tiote (Ameobi, 85), Colback; Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran (Perez, 90); Riviere (Cisse, 69). Subs not used: Elliot, S Taylor, Haidara, Anita.
HULL CITY: McGregor, Davies, Huddlestone, Hernandez (Aluko, 56), Livermore, Diame, Jelavic (Meyler, 81), Dawson, Robertson (Rosenior, 88), Elmohamady, Quinn. Subs not used: Harper, Chester, Brady, Ramirez.
Goals: Jelavic 49, Diame 68, Cisse 73, 88
Bookings: Coloccini 52, Sissoko 59, Robertson 59, Cabella 73, Aluko 90
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)
Attendance: 49,199 (2,600 Hull)