There were few performances to get anything but disgusted over from Sunday’s shocking display against Brighton. A defeat is easily digestible but a performance like yesterday’s leaves you with a visceral reaction.
It didn’t take long for Brighton to assert their dominance. Brighton were all over Newcastle and brimming with confidence as soon as the whistle was blown.
Newcastle couldn’t swat the Seagulls away as they attacked. A risky challenge from Allan Saint-Maximin resulted in an early penalty. Then a second goal minutes later put Newcastle at the bottom of a mountain they were ultimately unable to climb.
There were a few Magpies who did alright. Callum Wilson seemed determined to drag Newcastle back into the game. However, on the best chance all afternoon, he got it all wrong.
Ryan Fraser also tried his best to provide a spark when he was brought on for Allan Saint-Maximin in the 33rd minute. He just couldn’t unlock Brighton to create any chances.
Miguel Almiron was introduced for Andy Carroll to start the second half. The Paraguayan was by far the liveliest Magpie on the pitch. He kept pushing to get Newcastle back in the game and created Newcastle’s best chance.
It is Almiron who has been selected as Newcastle’s best player in a game we’d all like to forget. Miguel has picked up almost 60% of the votes with Javier Manquillo and Ryan Fraser coming in a distant second and third.