Both sides came out unchanged after a 0-0 first half. It was no different to the first half as Newcastle still sat back and let Brighton maintain control.
Brighton continued to dictate the game but also were extremely wasteful in their chances. They did not have their shooting boots on today thankfully.
Newcastle got a little better at about the 60 minute mark. Almiron had an opportunity as he broke from deep and drifted inside. However his shot was easily saved by Ryan.
Newcastle made their first changes in the 73rd minute with Allan Saint-Maximin on for Miguel Almiron and Ki on for the very poor Jonjo Shelvey. Newcastle looked much more threatening after the change.
After Fabian Schar’s miraculous goal line save, Allan Saint-Maximin made a superb run. He found Joelinton whose shot was blocked out of play for a corner. Saint-Maximin will add a lot to this side. He was able to beat his man a few times and get in some crosses though they were tame in the end.
In the 80th minute, Andy Carroll made his second debut for the club for Jetro Willems and the crowd came alive. The shape would change to a 4-2-3-1 with Joelinton dropping behind Carroll. Carroll put in a credible effort but had no real chances on goal.
It’s hard to call this one two points lost as Brighton were the better side for the majority of the game. Newcastle showed a bit of life after making the changes mainly through the threat posed by Saint-Maximin.
It was a flat and listless performance and one that is unacceptable at home against Brighton. Newcastle rise to 17th in the table but both Aston Villa and Wolves play tomorrow.
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