Newcastle Pay Price For Missed Chances And Mistakes – Lose 1-0 At Brighton

A goal by Hemed after 51 minutes was enough to give Brighton a vital win at the Amex Stadium this afternoon and break Newcastle’s three game winning streak in front of a record crowd of 30,468.

It was a disappointment for Newcastle at the end of the day because we had enough chances to have won this game – but that’s our weakness again this season – taking our chances.

Tomer Hemed scored after 51 minutes when Dale Stephens managed to head the ball back across goal to him from a Pascal Gross free-kick.

Rafa Benitez will hardly be pleased with the defending, and for once Newcastle’s concentration was not there, and we switched off for the free-kick.

Not good.

Brighton players celebrate goal

It wasn’t a particularly good game and after going 1-0 down Newcastle came back at Brighton.

But we just couldn’t get the equalizer, and we are starting this season as we did last season

We are either winning or losing games – no draws so far.

Newcastle were unchanged from last weekend’s great 2-1 win over Stoke, and we had the best of the chances in the first half.

Mikel Merino had a great shot from outside the box brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ryan, and then Joselu had a great chance on the turn but hit his shot wide of a completely open goal.

Joselu has to start putting those (easy) chances away.

As usual, the first goal proved crucial and although it looked like Newcastle would score first, Brighton went ahead after 51 minutes with a sloppy goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint.

We were asleep at the free kick, and Hemel scored.

And after the goal, the Seagulls could have gone 2-0 up but for a great save from Elliot who did well to save a shot from Solly March with his foot in the 57th minute.

Benitez brought on Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, and Jesus Gamez in the second half but we couldn’t score, and it’s now the third Premier League defeat, and each time we have been unable to score.

Newcastle went all out in the final 20 minutes but the Brighton defense held out for what was a good win for them.

For Newcastle only 7% of fans thought we would lose this game in our poll – so you just don’t know what may happen.

But again Newcastle were competitive in the game, and now we face Liverpool in the late game next Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park before the two week International break.

One thing is for certain – we cannot turn off against Liverpool.

If we can win that game, it would make up for this defeat – which came as a surprise to us.

Although we knew Brighton would work hard and give us a tough game.

We definitely need a striker brought in next January.

We shouldn’t get too down after this game – we will be able to pick up quite a few wins this season.

It’s just a pity we couldn’t keep in 4th place – we have dropped to 9th place in league with this defeat — 9 points from the first 6 games.


Brighton: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (Murphy, 79), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross; Hemed.
Subs not used: Krul, Rosenior, Huenemeier, Schelotto, Izquierdo, Brown.

Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba (Gamez, 78), Hayden (Shelvey, 67), Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Joselu (Gayle, 70).
Subs not used: Darlow, Manquillo, Diame, Murphy. 

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands) 

Attendance: 30,468 (Amex Stadium record crowd)

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25 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1


    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #374

    Me jail if we have a player out for 3 games because of trial by tv then other teams should it’s called consistency
    Mitro could have changed the game today!

  • Shoulders knees

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    No cutting edge, Merino mom , Hemed will get off he doesn’t play for Newcastle United 😉

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Did Shearer watch the game? We were beaten by a goal scored from a set piece which involved a clear foul against us, which the ref missed. We had numerous chances and in no way were Brighton the better team! Get a proper job Al ffs !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Huddersfield deja vu
    Same stripes – Same result – go 1-0 behind RAFA sticks to the formation – why oh why not go two up top and have a go – rather get beat 2-0 having a go than not concededing another goal.

    Brighton did their home work mark Ritchie out of the game. Played the same way expecting Ritchie to put in the cross for Lascalles – mind you not sure if it was a foul for the free-kick

    Back to our old ways let Brighton wingers, full- backs given to much space, run of the pitch – defended too narrow – Brighton should of been out of sight first twenty minutes – desperate defending at times – gave the ball away far to easily.

    Huffed and Puffed all-game – could still be playing until next Sunday wouldn’t of scored.
    disapointing result and display and substitutes

    Brighton deserved the win

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #5


    If drop Perez for Shelvey, next game against liverpool will be a case of sit back and deny space, hit them on the counter.

    Perez for me does very little, he runs alot, can’t shoot and at times struggles with passing. Diame isn’t and never has been a no10

    Gayle or Shelvey in for Perez next game!!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    think rafa got the subs wrong in this one, perez was poor all game, and he cannot play with Gayle

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Mitro would have definitely changed the game against Fulham on the opening day last season, but hey ho, guess what he was banned after being given a chance against Spurs.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #8


    I also thought Brighton were the better team, not by much but they were in my eyes. They looked far more dangerous than us and Elliot made a worldy save with his feet to prevent it being a worse scoreline.

    We defended well but ultimately lost, the worry was just how much joy they had from both wings, we couldn’t prevent the crosses and we didn’t seem to press.

    Anyway onto the next game

  • jimiley

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Anybody know what Joselu gives us apart from missed chances and no goals?
    What chances did we miss ED?

  • manxpie

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Maybe ourtoon but shelvey is defo a deep kind of player in fact quite often he is the one taking it of the keeper so can’t see him sticking to it tbh
    I defo think we need a better plan b tho as Perez and Gayle does not work in this league

  • toon kk

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11

    You haven’t answered the question, do you beat your lass? You wind everyone up who has a opinion on here, so no doubt you’ll have the poor lass frightened.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12


    What’s the issue with Mitro? He’s missed less games than Shelvey through bans / suspensions yet you seem to not have the same issue with Shelvey!!

    Mitro is an idiot for being banned, I agree with that notion but to keep going on about it like you do won’t change anything. If Mitro had missed the chances joselu has in the last 2 games you’d be blasting him for weeks on end. Bottom line is we need him back and hopefully he can behave, it’s a big hope but it’s not like we are spoilt for choice

  • jimiley

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Apologies if I am getting on Joselus case too soon but you can usually tell a good player after one game. eg Merino.
    Toon fans are far too willing to give players loads of time.
    Mitrovic will never score goals but some want to give him more time. What? Til he draws his pension? A goal in 5 and a red card waiting to happen. Sign him up now!!!!!!!

  • DjMickyg

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Perez has to be dropped away from home. He offers nothing.. lascelles went from hero to zero. Needless foul he gave away. Too negative against a poor side. Liverpool cud run riot next week. Shelvey has to start hayden offers nothing

  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Had always pictured you posting wearing a white string vest Jail.

  • jimiley

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Predictable performance. No teeth at goal and solid in defence. We could have won but lost. When we go a goal behind we do not have any class to open up defensive teams. Brighton did a Toon on us.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #17


    If we haven’t got a no10 then why not play a formation that best suits the best starting xi rather than fit in a player who has consistently failed in the no10, Diame another who has consistently failed in the no10 role

  • manxpie

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah for him putting a stud on a shin pad where as Kane purposely wipes out our debutant at knee hight and gets a yellow and no I repeat no coverage of how bad the tackle was
    He’s still out because of that tackle btw where as walker got up and played on but let’s not let reps get in the way hey?

  • GenralHez

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Merrino and Elliot worth their wages, Atsu Haden rubbish

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Dipping Hayden for Shelvey in the next match is probably the worst suggestion anyone can make. We are playing Liverpool in the next game and Hayden will be needed defensively to track runners and assist defenders.

    They destroy Shelvey in that role

  • thatmatt

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d try Merino at No.10. Great vision, control and passing. And can shoot. Then Shelvey in midfield with Hayden and drop Perez.

  • manxpie

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Ourtoon totally agree I have been asking for a long time for a bit of a change mitro and Gayle imo would and should work well plus no10 was my most important signing this summer simply as we know rafa won’t change it so really strange we sold de jong

    Ashley is a kernt I just hope some one has a spare 380 million

  • manxpie

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Ourtoon did you watch Hayden today?
    He didn’t track anybody that’s why I asked if he was injured
    He literally walked around most of the game

  • DjMickyg

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Ourtoon hayden didnt even make a tackle today so surely shelvey is a step up.

  • dannitoon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Complete open goal… ffs what game were you watching… get a grip


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