Well, we’ve seen that before. Some of the names have changed but the performance was reminiscent of some of last season’s plonkers. Steve Bruce’s Achilles heel of having teams seem unprepared for a match has reared it’s ugly head once again. It didn’t take long.
There were few performances this afternoon that even deserve a mention. Miguel Almiron came on in the second half and tried to spark some life into Newcastle. Javier Manquillo put in an admirable display at right-back.
Callum Wilson gave his all but his wayward header in the 63rd minute basically slammed the door shut on any comeback. But this game was decided well before then. Two teams emerged from the St James Park tunnel but only one was ready from the start. That was Brighton.
We’ve come crashing back to earth after two flat and uninspired displays. The one midweek against Blackburn was understandable as it was a changed team. Today was just infuriating to see a rested first team put in a toothless display like that.
To top it off our goal difference is in the red. The chances of mounting a fighting start this season has taken a serious blow.
We’ll see what Wednesday at Morecambe brings. We expect a comfortable win due to the opposition. As for next Sunday at Spurs, who knows what to expect. Could be excellent, could be decent, could be atrocious. Who knows.