We’ve seen this before as Newcastle reverted to some of last season’s flat performances. Brighton were off like a bullet right from the get-go while Newcastle sauntered off the starting line. This was a shocking and uninspired performance all around.
Steve Bruce made one change after the dreadful 2-0 first-half. Miguel Almiron came on for Andy Carroll though he started on the left-wing and Jeff Hendrick pushed into midfield.
Newcastle enjoyed more possession in the Brighton end but failed to create anything of significance for much of the game. The change to a three-man midfield and the introduction of Almiron did shore things up a bit.
Newcastle should have halved the lead in the 63rd minute. Miquel Almiron, who was looking lively, put in a delicious cross from the left for an unmarked Callum Wilson in the box. However, the striker got it all wrong and his header sailed far and wide from just a few yards out.
Brighton’s Trossard launched a skidding shot from just outside the box in the 72nd minute which struck the outside of the post. Bruce then made his final change bringing Joelinton on for Jonjo Shelvey. The Brazilian when wide left which pushed Almiron to the center behind Wilson.
The change didn’t spark Newcastle’s attack as Brighton looked the only team who was going to score down the final stretch. Brighton added their third goal through Aaron Connolly. The Republic of Ireland forward cut inside from the left and his effort beat Darlow.
Yves Bissouma was handed a straight red after a strange back kick that landed on Jamal’s Lewis’s nose just after the goal.
The bubble from last Saturday has burst after two horrendous displays. This was an unacceptable performance and Newcastle have ruined their chance at a decent start to this season.