Newcastle’s Mr. Hyde took the field this afternoon once again for Newcastle. As well as the lads played last weekend, they were terrible in the first half at St James Park.
Newcastle started the match with the same team and formation from West Ham, but it was like night and day from the London Stadium. The Magpies were immediately put under pressure by a confident Brighton team and failed to match the visitor’s conviction.
In just the fourth minute, Allan Saint-Maximin made a sliding tackle on Tariq Lamptey. He seemed to get the ball but also Lamptey and referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty which was converted by Neal Maupay.
It didn’t take long for Maupay to find the net again. In the 8th minute, he put away a cross from Leandro Trossard. Maupay was initially ruled offside but VAR overturned the decision to make it 2-0.
Newcastle failed to mount an adequate response and continued to struggle with the pace of Lamptey. The youngster surged forward on a breakaway on goal but a heavy touch thwarted the effort. Then he put in another cross that Fernandez got a foot on that Darlow was able to handle.
Steve Bruce swapped the flanks moving Allan Saint-Maximin, who had twisted his ankle earlier and was struggling to help Jamal Lewis with Lamptey, to the right and Hendrick over to the left.
Bruce then relented and after 33 minutes brought Ryan Fraser on for the Frenchman. Hendrick stayed on the left with Fraser on the right though they switched flanks later on.
In injury time, Karl Darlow made a crucial save on a close-range effort from – you guessed it – Tariq Lamptey. Thankfully, the half came to end without any more damage.
Newcastle have created nothing in the final third and struggled to contain the Seagulls all half. We also have three players on yellows in Shelvey, Lascelles, and Lewis. This has been an awful display, to say the least.