Brighton Go Top With 3-0 Win Over QPR

Brighton went top of the Championship this afternoon with a 3-0 win over Ian Holloway’ QPR side, after Onuoha was sent off after 56 miniutes –  although the Seagulls were already 2-0 up by then – and yet another clean sheet for Brighton.

So manager Chris Hughton has Brighton going steadily forward as they overtake Newcastle at the top of the table, after we surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Impressive Brighton mnanager Chris Hughton

Here’s how the table looks after the Brighton win with the Seagulls having won 15 and lost only two so far this season.

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In the last six games Brighton have five wins and a draw to Newcatsle’s three wins and three defeats, so they have gained 7 points on us since November 26th – how quickly things can change.

And talking about Chris here’s how Newcastle compare wth our Championship winning season seven years ago when Chris was at the helm – half way through the season after 23 games played.


It’s interesting that on Boxing Day back in 2009 we drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

161 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1


    I get it, no criticism allowed keep the bus moving. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Jib is the only cheating tw@ in his local who uses his phone in the pub quiz, he still manages to only come third because he’s relied on wikipedia for his all knowing font of knowledge 😀

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3


    Read the above article, then:
    Whatever you do…

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki sorry bro should check my spelling on this phone seems to do what it wants haha

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Brighton get pens because they want to attack get men forward, get the ball in the box we just F**k around the box and hit and hope to many times.

    As for the ref – yes they we’re rough/strong in the challenge but we have got to stand up and be stronger – get muscle off the ball far to often – still thought Wallace should of had a red for bringing down Anita.

    We got plenty of free kicks but they are useless to the TOON just waste them like corners – not had a decent Free kick taker since Cabaye

    On Anita some are given him stick for last nights performance – in my eyes he was our best defender because when he got the ball he used and he carried the ball out of defence at least three times to set up attacks unlike the crabs – Dummett, Clark and Lascelles who only want to pass the ball sideways and backwards

  • giimps

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    imho, Brighton play good football, pace and trickery all over the pitch, they get players in the box quickly and play the short passes in and around the area, that is how they get penalties, they take players on one on one and work hard as a team, passing and moving which draws fouls …….it wasnt a sending off for me but thems the breaks, we dont get them, if we had that ref last night we would have stood a better chance vs the thuggery of Wednesday ,we would have been afforded more protection and therefore been able to control the game more……whether we would have won im not sure as we were very lacklustre, zero movement, zero pace and zero heart other than darlow (who did not deserve to lose yesterday) .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s exactly half way through the season and we are two points off the top, we really should be a point ahead but for diabolical refereeing which was proven to be wrong. A couple of glaring weaknessess in the squad have been identified right in time for the opening of the transfer window. It certainly isn’t doomsday.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    And that’s why, in the absence of many other choices, we need to put Anita in centre mid on Friday and stick Yedlin in at right back.
    It’s Forest, they’re on a bad run and confidence is down, so we need to put them under pressure fast. Atsu starts for me too, for the same reason.

  • Mag52

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9


    You made a good point a couple of posts ago.
    There are wild swings of opinion on here depending on how results go.
    Over the top doom followed by over the top praise.
    In actual fact, none of our losses have been thrashings, while a lot of our wins have been a bit ugly grinding out affairs. We’re not a poor team suddenly equally we’re not a team with some sort of divine destiny to win this league.

    Just as the manager gets the plaudits for a win, he will also get the brickbats for the losses. That’s the name of the game. Rafa has had plenty of praise over the season so far, not least from myself. He has to expect to get criticism when he get things wrong which he does from time to time.

  • giimps

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    wel soon find out if the ref is consistent as we have him vs forest

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Believe me the manager was recieving criticisim last night on the way out of the ground. He paired Colback and Hayden which did not work at all, he picked them he gets the blame. Simple. What I’m saying to Munster though is imo, that his constant level of criticisim wouldn’t just be fans moaning about it but singing you don’t know what you’re doing and I don’t think the guy deserves that.

  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Skunki stay in retirement please.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #13

    agree – Anita into central mid
    and also for me play two up top with Mitrovich and Gayle

    Yedlin, Lasclles, Clark, Mbemba at full back
    two full backs who can carry the ball and attack
    Ritchie, Goufran Anita, Diame
    Mitrovich and Gayle

    Got to change it ONE up front ain’t working

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14


    TOP 2:
    BHAFC [p23 pts51] p46 (FAd +5pts)= 107pts*
    NUFC [p23 pts49] p46 (FAd -1pt) = 97pts

    RFC [p23 pts43] p46 (FAd +6pts)= 92pts*
    LUFC [p23 pts41] p46 (FAd +8pts)= 89pts*
    SWFC [p23 pts40] p46 (FAd +2pts)= 82pts
    HTFC [p23 pts42] p46 (FAd -2pts)= 82pts

    FTFC [p23 pts36] p46(FAd +3pts)= 75pts
    AVFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd +6pts)= 74pts*
    DCFC [tbc]
    BFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd +4pts)= 72pts
    BCFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd -1pts)= 67pts
    PNEFC [p23 pts32] p46(FAd +2pts)= 66pts

    NCFC [p23 pts33] p46(FAd -10pts)= 53 pts*

    * NOTE: Particularly good (Leeds) or bad (Norwich) recent form makes the final pts estimate less accurate. If the the form deviation from the 1st half of the season is more than 4 pts either way then the final points total is correspondingly less reliable.

    As an example NUFC in 09-10 had 50pts at the halfway stage and ended up with 102pts, well in line with the estimated points based on this method.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I think this is our strongest team as of now: 4-3-3


    There is enough creativity in there to win any game in this league.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    @14 Please note the above is a draft version, as this thread seemed appropriate. There’s a couple of typos which will be corrected in the final version, which will be posted after the Derby v Birmingham result later this afternoon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    How many points did we have the last time on 23 games?

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    50pts Jail

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    The bookies aren’t daft, since offering 10/1 on record points we’ve lost three games 🙁

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    So record points is still achievable.

  • hibbit

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    we stayed in newcastle last night so this is my first comment since the game

    sheffield came with a plan to not let us play our type of football they never gave us a minute from the first whistle ruffed gayle up at every opertunity and generally played championship football the way they know best they new showed any respect for are so called prem pedigree
    they used every asset they had height weight pace width and used it well we had no answer to the ruff stuff
    other teams will try the same tactics
    sheffield did a job on us that had been well planed and well executed by a very good manager
    Rafa was well caught out and took far to long to change things

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail@19 Exactly. You don’t meet many poor bookies or loan sharks. Bookies study the form, and that is the key. Obviously at this point anyone can have a dip in form, especially after a good run, but it’s as good an indicator as any if used carefully. The half way point is about the earliest one can set this predictive table up, and of course the more games remaining the more volatile it is. Nevertheless, it predicted the final points well in 09-10, so worth doing again..

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail@20 I’m not sticking a fiver on it, not with this team!! I’m more worried about Reading narrowing the gap and pinching 2nd to be honest.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Reading and Brighton both seem to have an athletic style of football while we seem to be slower and more deliberate – the problem there is that gives defences time to get behind the ball and then goals become harder to come by.
    Rafa needs to shake our lot up, more endeavour and less predictability please .

  • Toonces

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #25

    YMFB # 15
    Haven’t been impressed by Ritchie in general over the past couple months. I think he came into the season in good form, but as the other teams rounded into their own form, he leveled off and hasn’t improved. He doesn’t seem to have the extra yard of pace to be his man and he certainly isn’t too tricky with the ball. He wants to cut in from the right onto his left for the shot. I would rather see him come off the bench for goofy or another winger on the left and cross more. Atsu should be ahead of Ritchie in the pecking order on the right forward spot.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Last nights opposition are adding to their squad as the Championship is not just just for Christmas and is a long hard slog.
    Wonder what we will do ?

    McManaman to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan

  • Toonces

    Dec 27, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Diame-1 of Shelvey/Colback
    1 of Mbemba/Hayden/Tiote (so long as he is here)

    Narrow three up top – let gayle and atsu interchange with Mitro as pivot in the center.
    3-2-1-4 when attacking

    Would really like to see Rafa find a way to get Mbemba onto the pitch. Also we should only need 1 holding mid at home against all but a couple teams in this league. Need more aggression and athleticism in the team in contrast to what we have seen lately.

  • Clematis

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    I was at the game and see it as this:

    (1) Yes, we were a bit off. However, we were missing our main creative outlet. Others needed to step up but didn’t.

    (2) We had a shot turned onto the bar and two others were excellently saved by their fat-lad mackem keeper. We also had 63% possession.

    (3) Although we are a tad lightweight there can be no excuse for the Wednesday ‘robust’ approach. The ref should have sent off Forestieri (fat Nigel Clough) and that helmet that tried to carve Anita in two. I also witnessed at least 6 handballs from Wenesday that were all yellow cards and done by both centre halves which would then be reds.

    (4) Whatever anyone on here says the ref and linesmen were total shit. I mean total. We never got the lickings of a dog.

    (5) We are still in for automatic promotion, doomsayers. Just saying.

    (6) We outsang their fans even in the milburn. They only made a noise when they scored. Oh, and great touch for them to celebrate in the corner. Stuff like that deserves a whomping.

    I love my club so don’t be harsh if you disagree with any of my points 🙂

  • Mag52

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #29


    Spot on about Ritchie. His ‘go for it’ attacking style with which he started the season, and won him top reviews, has been missing for some time now.
    Some, more mischievous than me, might suggest he has been Rafa’d.

  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone doubting the team or Rafa why don’t you go place some money on Brighton then? I thought not…

    So we looked a weaker team w/o Shelvey anyone surprised? I thought not…

    Let’s talk about a first half review of the squad
    Positives: Lascelles,Clark,Darlow,Hayden,Gayle,Atsu,Gouffran

    Neutral: Shelvey,Ritchie,Anita,Diame

    Negative: Mitro,Sels,Dummett,Lazzaar, Tiote,Colback,Murphy,Perez

    Feel free to critique my list and mention anyone I have not mention.
    My neutral players are players who have not been great nor bad I’m sure maybe a few more deserved to be on that list but feel free to add.

  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Forgot to put Mbemba on Negative list*

  • hibbit

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    point 3…..
    sorry mate but in general thats championship football
    other clubs in the division don’t seem to be complaining half as much as us

  • Clematis

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Hi, Hibbit…yeah, I get what you’re saying. Doesn’t make it any easier to digest, though! 🙂

  • beefman13

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    HBA on loan, that would be terrific, Rafa would know how to handle him, plus he’s rejuvenated again, we need someone with a spark, Hatem would be untouchable in the championship in my opinion, please please please.

  • chicousa

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Woke up this morning and surprised to see the sun had come up! After yesterday’s disaster I had serious doubts. But am feeling oddly optimistic. Firstly that the transfer window is about to open and our needs are readily apparent and secondly I think Rafa sees clearly the areas where we need to strengthen. Besides needing a creative, attacking central midfielder, a left winger and a left back who can both defend and attack, we need players with stronger character, guts and passion. That does not merely mean players who work hard at practice, but players who do not hide out on the pitch, who want the ball despite pressure during a tough match. I doubt Mitro is the hardest worker out there in practice, but at least he is not timid during a rough match. He showed more guts and passion in the 10 minutes or so that he was out there than several other players did in 80 minutes! I am optimistic because I think Rafa will see that at some point.

  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Would really like to get Mitro Yedlin and Lazzaar more involved this 2nd half of season.. Wish we would go with a back 3 of Lascelles,Clark, Mbemba, with wing-backs of Yedlin and Anita with Shelvey Hayden in Midfield Diame Or Gouffran behind Gayle and Mitro feel that would really suit team best…I know Rafa knows better but just a formation I would like to see.. Lazzaar,Ritchie also for that Wingback position with Dummett rotating on that back 3 Atsu perhaps behind strikers or also wingback I dont know what do you think?

  • toon kk

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Farm too many of our players have acquired a “if we turn up we’ll win attitude ” along with a lot of fans.
    Far from it, we could very easily drop down to mid table with performances like last night. We were pi55 poor. We looked like pre Rafa quality.

  • hibbit

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #38

    the crux of the matter is we were outplayed and out thought they had a plan and they executed it exactly as planned

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Still trying to hold my sides at jibs complete lack of grip on anything in context. He’s a lost cause.

    Not a disaster by any means yesterday, only one goal separated is in the end and stuff like that happens but definitely a driven point that we need to fortify for the last half of the season. At least two good signings, maybe three. Got to get that midfield more mobile, they’ve been like a bar football mid all season.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 27, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Hobbit / clematis

    I agree with you both

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