Brighton won this game after playing against 10 men for three quarters of the game after Phillips was sent off after 23 minutes.
In what was a little bit reminiscent of last week’s game at Nottingham Forest when Newcastle were the visitors.
This time the visitors Leeds United had a player sent off and a penalty awarded to the home side after Phillips handled the ball on the line after 23 minutes.
Glenn Murray scores easily from the spot after 23 minutes
It was definitely a hand-ball from a corner, as the player moved his arm towards the ball to stop it going over the line.
And it was a bit weird with last week’s referee Stephen Martin the fourth official tonight.
But isn’t a penalty enough for such an offense – also sending the player off seems like double punishment – it’s like handing the game to Brighton.
Glenn Murray scored easily from the spot for his 11th goal of the season – all at home.
The score was 1-0 at half time.
And it wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Brighton’s pressure paid off and they got that all important second goal with – you guessed it – another penalty.
Bartley was penalized for bringing down Dunk from a free-kick and Hemed made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-0.
That’s 14 games unbeaten in the league for Brighton with 10 of them wins and yet another clean sheet – that’s 34 points from a possible 42.
In Newcastle’s last 14 league games we have 10 wins, three defeats and one draw – 31 points.
28,406 were at the game tonight.
Here’s what the league looks like at the top after tonight’s game and it’s important we pick up 3 points against Birmingham tomorrow afternoon..