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.
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)