Papiss Cisse scored twice to earn Newcastle a point at home to Hull City and buy Alan Pardew some much-needed breathing space.

Cisse came off the bench when his side were 0-2 down, thanks to stunning goals from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame.

The Senegal striker has missed five months with a broken kneecap but marked his return in the finest way, drilling home his first before poaching an equaliser three minutes from time.

Much of the pre-match build up focused on the protests that were set to dominate the game, with 30,000 anti-Pardew flyers handed out to the St. James’ Park faithful.

However, the atmosphere remained fairly positive throughout the match, as the home crowd remained dignified while some still made their feelings known to the hierarchy.

The first half thankfully seen Newcastle turn in a performance nothing like the one they did at Southampton last week, as the home side pushed Hull back but couldn’t find an opener.

Rivière was guilty of wasting a couple of half-chances, while Remy Cabella looked bright but didn’t have an opportunity to open his goal scoring account for his new club.

Early in the second half, Jelavic done his best to turn the crowd against Pardew, as he expertly dispatched a Tom Huddlestone cross with a fine scissor kick three minutes into the second half.

Newcastle needed a response but once again failed to create enough chances to break down Hull’s defence, with Rivière again struggling to lead the line.

Hull – who beat Newcastle in this fixture last season by the odd goal in five – scored a second when new signing Diame blasted his effort past Tim Krul to leave Newcastle – and Pardew – staring down the barrel.

But the Toon manager turned to his bench and introduced half-fit Cisse, who wasted no time in opening his account for the season.

First, the Senegal international drilled a shot past Alan McGregor at his near post to give Newcastle hope.

Then with three minutes to go, Cisse showed the poacher’s instincts that Newcastle have missed so far this season by latching onto Yoan Gouffran’s knockdown and smashing home the equaliser.

Cisse also lifted his shirt to reveal a message of support to teammate Jonas Gutierrez, who is battling testicular cancer.

An injury-time winner would have transformed the doom and gloom around St James’ Park but the Magpies are still waiting for their first Premier League victory of the season.