Just under a week after Loic Remy popped up with a last minute winner to stop Newcastle’s dreadful home run, the Magpies travel to Hull City for a 3pm kick off on Saturday.

The Tigers inflicted one of Newcastle’s most demoralising losses earlier this season, when they prevailed 3-2 at St James’ Park thanks to Sone Aluko’s late goal.

Aluko has been injured of late though, allowing Steve Bruce’s two January signings to take all the headlines. Shane Long – a former Newcastle target – and Nikica Jelavic have formed a dangerous partnership that has propelled the Premier League new boys towards the top half of the table.

Newcastle have no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to East Yorkshire. Davide Santon will miss out again, so Paul Dummett is likely to continue at left-back after his impressive performance last weekend.

Hatem Ben Arfa is both out of favour and injured, while misfit Gabriel Obertan is also missing. Ryan Taylor is stepping up his recovery from another serious knee injury and could get game time before the end of the season, barring no further setbacks.

Alan Pardew has said this week that the period from now until the end of the season is a chance for Newcastle to try out some new formations and younger players, so Sammy Ameobi could feature again on one of the flanks, with Yoan Gouffran on the other.

Luuk De Jong could start after Papiss Cisse made another hash of his latest chance in the first team against Aston Villa.

Hull are without Paul McShane and Robbie Brady but should be able to call on Tom Huddlestone, who is recovering from a knock. Liam Rosenior and Alex Bruce also face late tests.