Well, it just wasn’t meant to be this evening. The stars did not quite align for Andy Carroll to get a late goal. However, he did make his return, and it awakened a very lukewarm crowd. The attendance was only around 43,000, but the crowd was tame because the performance was so frustratingly flat.
The lads showed none of the urgency or passion that got them through the last four matches. It was slightly better than the horror show at Norwich, though that may only be because Brighton were so wasteful.
The second half was a sliver better but mainly because of the impact of Allan Saint-Maximin and the removal of Jonjo Shelvey. Shelvey’s decision making this evening was dreadful, and he has hardly helped himself in getting back into this team anytime soon.
We saw some familiar issues again with Almiron not taking his chances and Joelinton being far too isolated. However, it was really a poor team effort overall. But for a Fabian Schar miracle goal-line clearance, it could have been a whole lot worse.
Graham Potter had Brighton playing beautifully, and Newcastle just did not find any answers. While Brighton had 693 passes at an 87% success rate, Newcastle only managed to complete 68% of their 278 passes. The statistic that Brighton will be kicking themselves over is only getting 3 of their 16 shots on target.
It’s best to put this one in the rearview mirror and hope for a reaction similar to after the Norwich match. It’s on to Leicester City who looked excellent in the second half against Tottenham today.
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