It certainly wasn’t a thriller at the Amex this evening. Brighton leave happy with the point that ensures their safety while Newcastle showed precious little cutting edge in the final third.
The Magpies did at least have some impetus to get the three points by pushing for a winner for much of the second half. But they showed no urgency, desire, or intensity in a first half where Newcastle sat back but comfortably dealt with whatever Brighton threw their way.
It wasn’t pretty, but we have to remember this was the 9th game in a month and comes after a three-month delay due to a pandemic. So all things considered, this performance is nothing to get to up in arms over.
Other than a super save by Dubravka, Newcastle had very few moments of distinction. That goes with the performances as well. No Magpie really shined, but none were dreadful either.
This match actually winds up being a typical end of the season affair where both sides are comfortable and have little to play for. We’ll take the point as it ensures we don’t lose four games on the trot for the first time this season.
Now it’s on to face Liverpool at the familiar confines of St James Park. Hopefully, we can get another result to end this campaign with some semblance of a high.