Isaac Hayden has been one of Newcastle’s most consistent players since breaking into the first team late last year. He again put in a determined performance against Brighton. However, it just didn’t work yesterday, and Isaac did not have much of an impact on the game.
Last night, he spoke to nufc.co.uk and expressed his frustration with how things unfolded:
“I think if you asked me after the first half, I would have bitten your hand off for a point but in the second half, we changed our style and, on another day, we could have taken three points.
“We had a great chance in the first half to go ahead and you never know what could have happened after that.
“That’s football for you and it’s about taking your chances at the top end of the pitch and if you don’t, you’re always going to pay for that in dropping points.
“It was frustrating we couldn’t get that goal but that’s the difference in Premier League football. If you don’t take your chances, you can’t win any games.
“Sometimes, with all due respect to other divisions, teams can give you goals whereas you don’t really get that too much in the Premier League.
“We need to keep plugging away and try to keep doing the right things. We’re trying to do the best we can and know the fans want us to do our best to get as many points as possible.”
Steve Bruce too mentioned that he felt Newcastle had the better chances. While one could argue that case, we think Brighton should be the ones kicking themselves for not taking their chances.
Not finishing chances has been a thorn in this Newcastle side this season. However, the performance of the team is more concerning to us right now. This one was just not good enough. We lacked organization at the back, grit in the middle, and cutting edge in the final third.
Brighton were allowed to impose their will on this Newcastle side and that it happened at St James Park is all the more disconcerting.
We now expect a reaction at Leicester City similar to the one at Tottenham after the Norwich display.
Newcastle will most likely find themselves back in the bottom three after today’s results. They have also failed to get an expected result at Norwich, as well as at home against Watford and Brighton.
These are the types of fixtures that will determine how the season goes. So far it has just not been good enough.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Disappointing Draw Against Brighton?
- Fabian Schar (37%, 415 )
- Allan Saint-Maximin (31%, 350 )
- Christian Atsu (6%, 64 )
- Martin Dubravka (5%, 60 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (4%, 44 )
- Andy Carroll (4%, 42 )
- Javier Manquillo (3%, 33 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 32 )
- Paul Dummett (2%, 25 )
- Isaac Hayden (2%, 20 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 14 )
- Jetro Willems (1%, 10 )
- Joelinton (1%, 9 )
- Ki Sung-yueng (1%, 8 )
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