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Newcastle Unadventurous In 0-0 First-Half At Brighton



Steve Bruce kept with five at the back to start this game despite having just one fit center half. Matt Ritchie was back at left wing-back with Manquillo on the right. The back three were Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez, and Danny Rose.

Newcastle again started well in the first ten minutes with both wing-backs getting high up the pitch. They were able to launch a few crosses into the box though all were well blocked by Brighton defenders.

However, that didn’t last long and Newcastle turned ultra-cautious for the remainder of the first-half rarely venturing into the Brighton end.

Albion won several set-pieces, which will continue to be a concern due to Newcastle’s lack of height at the back. The game became a bit physical with the two sides battling hard; however, both were bereft of any cutting edge in the final third.

Newcastle were content to sit deep with Brighton enjoying the bulk of possession for much of the half. The early jaunts forward by Manquillo and Ritchie were non-existent after the ten-minute mark.

Both sides lacked invention though Newcastle looked very disciplined defensively despite playing with two full-backs at center half. However, they showed very little impetus going forward and let Brighton dictate play. It was shades of the home fixture which ended 0-0.

The Magpies had a few corners to close the first-half ending in a decent opportunity for Dwight Gayle, but his header was just over the bar. It was our only decent chance in the first 45 minutes.

Brighton ended the first half with over 70% of possession, while Newcastle spent much of their time defending, albeit comfortably. Neither side showed much intensity in what has been an unadventurous performance from Newcastle so far.


176 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Garbage

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Like a preseason friendly

    0
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Gayle to pinch us a win from a Shelvey ball over the top of the defence.

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Hail Wor Staveley

    Ours or theirs?

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Been for a 10k run, had some chilli and a cider for tea, now watching this.

    i’ll be asleep in 5 mins if it doesnt change..

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    And Richie cannot beat a man in open play, he will not pass a ball to Almiron either.

    2
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Well won Gayle and he got carded for it 😆

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #8

    31% possession first half vs Brighton……yay.

    6
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Gayle grateful for that flag.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle adventurous?? Were they?.

    1
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Have we started again? Or is this the test card?

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Hit Man

    Can you not see the grass growing?

    0
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Still time for those two first half goals ha ha

    4
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #14

    GP

    Must be banking on our ruthless counter attack and clinical finishing…

    1
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #15

    That was poor from ASM. 3 on 2 and he pays an Atsu pass

    1
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Good ball by Ritchie, just nobody at all attacking it.

    Bit more lively so far this half.

    0
  • sing in the corner

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Good from Richie and mig! Burst into life.

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #18

    KV

    Bruceyball at its finest.

    3
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Unlucky Miggy, good instincts, difficult ball to hit

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Benteleb and shelvey have been abysmal in Central midfield.

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    So far our corners have gone to

    Gayle
    Ritchie
    Brighton

    Do we not have any big men to aim at?

    1
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Hope we don’t sign Rose.

    Worse than Willems and Dummet. Does the bare minimum. Bruce seems to like him though, purely based on his past.

    3
  • coming home

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Either andy Carroll or glen Murry will win this game

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24

    ASM clearly isnt fit, he hasnt sprinted once i dont think. Such a risk to play him for a pointless match, just let him rest up for pre-season.

    Think thats why he is playing as a 10, so he doesnt have to track back and can cover less ground.

    3
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Come on AC, time to show Krafth how to play CB… 🙁

    0
  • Moonraker15

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ve become one of those teams you can’t be bothered to watch!
    No takeover, no Maxi I’m afraid he won’t stay with this load of duds!

    2
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #27

    ASM just isn’t at it today. Playing well within himself more than likely because he is actually injured.

    Get Lazaro on for him.

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #28

    If Bruce had a pink jumper he could be a stunt double for Mr Greedy

    2
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Watching cricket I can find out about the draw here.

    1
  • Hail Wor Staveley

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Agreed, Goth. Not as agile either. Just not moving right and lacking confidence because of it.

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Coming Home; that’ll be a Brighton win then.

    0
  • jane

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #32

    bring on Kel Watts

    3
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Well said Jane

    1
  • coming home

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Novo

    Hope not but I think a header will win this coz as it stands it’s got 0-0 wrote all over it

    0
  • boss hoggs atm

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Havertz to Chelsea 70m, if only

    0
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Now now lads apparently Jib thinks we’re playing well today and we would be foolish to say otherwise. Still waiting to see why he claims I know nothing about football. Even Stevie Eonder can see we already have our flip flops on.

    The takeover can’t happen soon enough.

    15
  • DjMickyg

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Wonder what the excuse for not giving matty a run tonight will be? We needed someone in midfield that didnt have red hair or some crap like that. No wonder all our players are injured when keeps playing them over and over again.

    3
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #38

    HWS

    I genuinely think if we had got more points than we had last season, Bruce would have rested ASM.

    But he really wants to better Rafa’s total so is risking ASM.

    No proof, just opinion.

    12
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Needs to bring young kelland on now krafth looks a liability atm.

    3
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jul 20, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #40

    I don’t think we’ve strung a pattern of passes together yet have we?

    1
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