There were 1800 Brighton fans inside St James Park for Saturday’s match.
A sending off, two cracking goals (if you are a Newcastle fan), both teams hitting the woodwork, a two goal win for NUFC, and on the day the biggest crowd in the country to see it.
So what did the Brighton fans make of it all?
Chris Hughton said he thought there was little in the match between the two sides, although he accepted Newcastle had control of the game.
So did the Brighton fans agree with the former Newcastle Manager’s take on the game?
The atmosphere, refereeing and Newcastle’s promotion credentials are all up for discussion…
Here are a range of views taken from the top Brighton fans message board NorthStandChat:
‘We were bullied out of the game as weak in midfield, travelling back now but good night out last night.’
‘What has surprised me is that nobody has mentioned the obvious. Benitez is a top manager who has managed many big clubs and he out thought CH which not many managers will do this season.’
‘CH just didn’t adapt his tactics for the opposition in any way, which isn’t being out thought, it’s being arrogant. Benitez, comparatively, is a top class manager who set up their team to neutralise our strengths and prey on our weaknesses.’
‘Thought we looked star struck today especially in the first half, Bruno summed it up for me in his post match interview “we need to be better with the ball and especially personality when we play away at these type of stadiums.”
‘We got Newcastle before they gelled and their attack was down the right. I think with the new players they will attack down the left as well.
Hayden and Shelvey were better than our players. Lascelles and Mbemba lapped up all our (six) dangerous free kicks. They had three dangerous ones and scored twice from them.’
‘To be fair Newcastle did look more potent than us today, especially in front of goal. We were in the game at times, but never really looked a major threat. Newcastle were the better team on the day.’
‘Disappointing but not a totally unexpected result imo. Newcastle were always going to put together a good performance eventually.
It was always going to be a very tall order to come back from Newcastle with anything, from some of the comments you’d think we were favourites to win the game!’
‘I suspect that Rafa instructed Newcastle to play the pressing game from the outset and try and stop us passing which worked in the first half when they were the better side. Then they tired.
Fouls were 22-13 and proper tackles 14-13.’
‘Very few positives today but we will come again and finish runners up to Newcastle who will walk the division.’
‘Missed opportunity with Gayle, Mitrovic and Aarons all out.’
‘Just an off day. They were better than us on the day, and we had a first rate knob as a ref.
People need to get a grip, its only 1 game against a top club that have broke the bank to get back up. Not the end of the world.’
‘With their potential signings it is almost inconceivable that Newcastle will be out of top two. Their main issue may be players p****d off because they are not playing. Needed to play them in first two games.’
‘Good to hear our fans out sing 50k home fans all game except for the two goals.’
‘Oh well that’s the hardest game of the season over…’
‘This …no shame to be beat 2-0 with eleven. They tried until the end. Well played Newcastle, much better than us.’
‘Baldock was busting a gut to get the ball and should not have been booked. He was showing the passion and desire that you suggest the rest of the team weren’t. Newcastle’s goal changed everything and if you can’t see the quality in their team and accept that they are better than us on the day then carry on getting boggle eyed angry.’
‘Newcastle will only get better. That’s one automatic place gone.’
‘I must be a really sh*t fan, I am completely philosophical about this defeat, sometimes teams are better than us and get the breaks. The fact that is effectively a Premier League team playing in front of 50,000 plus fans and we have not just given up or caved in, we have been beaten.’
‘They won’t lose any more than 5 games in total, the teams that played them early were fortunate.’
‘It’s the hardest game of the season. Newcastle have been class today.’
‘This is the game that shows we’ve only played average sides up to this date.’
‘Sels saw Baldock coming and kicked him and then fell over. I put that down to home advantage.’
‘Silly and over exuberant, not malicious. Goaly made a meal and ref should have taken all those mitigating factors into account considering Baldock was already on a yellow. He got the balance totally wrong and the game as a contest suffered by uh seeking the limelight when brandishing the red.’
‘After last weeks moans by myself and a few others of the poor atmosphere at Reading I have to say Fair play and well done to the 1800 odd fans today up at Newcastle, out singing 48000 Newcastle fans who we heard sing 3 or 4 times. Our fans stood and sung pretty much non-stop for the whole 90 minutes, credit to you all who was there.
I thought St James’ was meant to be an intimidating place to go? It definitely wasn’t today. Newcastle = “your support is f***ing sh*t”.
‘It was really quiet, much quieter than I expected. The only times the home fans were heard was when they scored and one course of New-Cas-Ul’
‘Albion fans sounded good on TV, even though you could tell the sound was picked up from quite a distance. Even when we were 2 nil down towards the end, the Newcastle fans were out-sang. Well done you lot.’
‘Although the Newcastle fans didn’t sing many songs I thought they were very loud when their team was attacking or an incident occurred. A terrific atmosphere I thought. The Albion fans were amazing.’
‘I was expecting the ground to be a cauldron of noise. It really wasn’t; not even close. Derby are much louder. I was disappointed with them, and yes, if Newcastle fans don’t make a racket, it’s a sad day.’