Well, Newcastle managed to end a three-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw at Brighton. The second half was a big improvement from the first as the lads pushed for a winner but just couldn’t find that moment of magic.
Newcastle emerged from the tunnel unchanged after a flaccid first-half. Both sides came out with a bit more urgency and Newcastle pushed themselves up the pitch.
The Magpies won two free-kicks that were curled into the box, the second of which was headed out for a corner. After the corner was handled by Albion, Ritchie put a cross into the box that Almiron glanced goalward forcing Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan into a diving save.
While Newcastle definitely had more resolve to get forward, they still lacked that final ball to unlock Brighton. Allan Saint-Maximin had a few runs, but they often ended with the wrong decision from the Frenchman.
After a rare second-half attack from the hosts resulted in a corner, Bruce made a double change bringing on two strikers in Andy Carroll and Joelinton in the 74th minute. Carroll came on for Dwight Gayle with Joelinton on for Joelinton.
Brighton had a few opportunities after the changes, one of which was a rocket from Adam Webster that forced Martin Dubravka into an acrobatic save tipping the ball over the bar.
Bruce brought Valentino Lazaro on five minutes from time for Miguel Almiron after Newcastle won a corner. After the substitution, Matt Ritchie whipped in a tempting ball that Andy Carroll got on the end of around 5 yards from the goal.
The big Geordie somehow got it all wrong and headed it wide. It was a golden chance for Andy’s first goal since his return to Newcastle.
The lads continued to push but were unable to get that elusive goal. They played better in the second half and were full of desire to get the full three points. However, we didn’t take our one clear cut chance through Andy Carroll and must settle for the lone point.