Don’t ever accuse this Newcastle side of ever giving up fighting for the win and in an amazing finish at the Amex tonight, Newcastle came from 1-0 behind with 10 minutes to capture a glorious win with goals from Diame and Perez. with the winner coming from the Spaniard in the 89th minute.
Not sure exactly how Benitez has the lads fighting like they do, but he has – and this was maybe the biggest win of the season for us and it’s what we really needed after dropping 2 points on Saturday.
And we go back on top of the table and 8 points above 3rd placed Huddersfield who we play on Saturday away.
Newcastle were behind to another controversial penalty given by referee Robert Madley – who gave Sunderland a penalty at the Stadium of Light and sent Coloccini off last season – if you remember – our history is not good with this referee.
Ciaran Clark was penalized for a foul on Glenn Murray as the ball came in from a corner, but it really didn’t look like a penalty in such an important game and it was the striker who scored from the pot to give the home side a huge advantage with the first goal.
The goal came after just 14 minutes and Newcastle were behind until the 81st minute when it was Mohamed Diame who scored past goalkeeper David Stockdale, by hitting a wayward Christian Atsu shot into the net.
It was rather a fortuitous goal when he chipped the ball which curled high into the net – a typical goal that’s usually scored against us – but we’ll take it.
Newcastle looked bereft of any direction or ideas after the early penalty and half-time came with the home side ahead 1-0 and looking fairly comfortable.
And Ayoze Perez may never score a more important goal for Newcastle but the substitute scored in the 89th minute to give Newcastle a massive win on the road and our 23rd win in 34 games.
Christian Atsu had run onto a long ball from Matt Richie and he squared the ball across to the Spaniard who dispatched it with ease past the goalkeeper and it was a massive 3 points for the Magpies.
We would have taken 4 points from thee last two games but the way we got the points by coming from behind in the second half and scoring two goals is the sign of a good team thato never gives up.
Did I say it was a massive win tonight?
Howay The Lads!!
Brighton: Stockdale, Saltor, Dunk, Stephens, Baldock (Kayal, 82). Knockaert (March, 87), Pocognoli (Tomori, 18), Sidwell, Murphy, Murray, Duffy.
Subs not used: Walton, Huenemeier, Hemed, Akpom.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback (Murphy, 74); Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Gouffran (Perez, 82).
Subs not used: Elliot, Hanley, Anita, Gamez, Mitrovic.
Bookings: Yedlin 36, Knockaert 37
Referee:Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)