Newcastle started on the back foot and stayed there as Brighton dominated the first half at St James Park. The lads afforded the Seagulls acres of space as they failed to press. Brighton were able to comfortably bring the ball in the Newcastle half and pick passes far too easily.
Newcastle should consider themselves very fortunate to be level at the half. If Brighton were a bit more cutting edge in the final third, Newcastle could easily be 2 or 3 down.
In the twenty-first minute, Almiron found himself with a chance on goal after a nicely crafted move by Joelinton and Hayden. Miguel’s shot was straight at Brighton’s keeper Matt Ryan. In the 30th minute, Joelinton put a header wide from a rare Newcastle corner.
Other than that it was almost all Brighton. The performance has been unacceptable as Newcastle were content to sit back in a 5-4-1. However, they have shown none of the organization and commitment displayed in the previous four matches.
Martin Dubravka– one of few bright spots for Newcastle
The visitors enjoyed 75% possession as they bossed the first half. They also had 380 passes compared to just 116 for the Newcastle. Things must change in the second half or this will not go down well with the fans.
They must come out and take the game to Brighton. Steve Bruce does have options on the bench in Andy Carroll, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Yoshinori Muto. However, the mentality has to change in Newcastle are to get anything out of this one. Incidentally, the attendance is only around 43,000.