Newcastle 2 Brighton 0 – Saturday 27 August 5.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Saturday neet, 3 points, clean sheet – happy days.
“Played some excellent stuff at times, 1st half particularly, in a game the ref seemed determined to spoil for us.
“Felt the fans were great: new songs, old songs, even Gouffran got his song.
“Dare I say there’s some momentum building…”
“Another home win safely banked.
“2 goals from free kicks – have we been practising?
“… and as for this pass and move and keeping possession, a definite improvement.
“Work in progress and a bit more of an attacking attitude hopefully will follow.
“Window shut and all pulling in the same direction will be a big plus. Onwards and upwards…”
“A very big win.
“I expect today’s opponent to be a direct contender in the long run and to take three points off them early on is a strong sign.
“The next month brings more fellow contenders up but I feel positive about the whole run after 3 straight wins.
“Continue this run through September and we’ve achieved a huge part of the target against strong opposition.
“If the odd result goes against us, a lot of difficult games are gone and we should look to dominate through to Christmas. Either way the fact that things are clicking is hugely positive.
“Also today underlined that the refs in the Championship are largely nee good. We will benefit and detriment from this at different times but it’s something to get used to.”
Leazes Park Ender”
“It was great to see a manager in the away dugout I have so much respect for. Chris Hughton did some very great work for our club.
“However, when the whistle went it was all about getting a win and I found his Brighton very physical and maybe even a few dives here and there.
“Aided by referee Keith Stroud, who seemed to give more to the away side until the sending off.
“Shorn of Gayle and Mitrovic it was glaringly obvious how light we were up front. Perez not getting much change from Lewis Dunk.
“Brighton have been a bit hyped. They weren’t that good and never gave a great account of themselves.
“Lascelles then gets a captain’s goal – it was a great header – and suddenly we were in front. More nervous at 1-0!
“Shelvey produced the game’s best moment – that free kick was Premier League quality right there.
“Then the dismissal and we should have been home and hosed. We pretty much were but attempts to run the clock down invited pressure. At times we looked like we had ten, not Brighton.
“It’s a key move up the table for us and it was nice to see a more fluent effort, though we weren’t scintillating.
“We should have killed them at 2-0.
“Diame looks a class act and Anita, for me, is now a right back.
“The referees in this league are not very good.
“Oh and cheers to the bloke next to me for giving me his spare match day programme.
“Yoan Gouffran now back in fashion it seems. He looks rejuvenated and was unlucky to hit the bar with a screamer which would have been a stunning strike. He’s all of a sudden a key player. Redemption.”
“Not spectacular but steady and assured. I think if we’d had Mitro and Gayle they’d have been there for the taking.
“Apart from the goal I think Lascelles was excellent, as was Mbemba. They were absolutely solid today, they are the partnership for me.
“ Sels pulled off a blinding save at the end and seemed more confident too. Green shoots and all that.
“Shelvey possibly had his best game in a black and white shirt, well overdue.
“The sooner the better we have our strikers back on the pitch the better, as IMO Perez was a passenger again. What is up with him? What is his best position?
“Anyway, who cares. On the pop, upwards and effing onwards. Atmosphere was getting better today. Pleasing day.
“Have a good weekend!”
“Remember: you can’t spell ‘momentum’ without ‘omen’.
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Brighton 0
Newcastle: Lascelles 15, Shelvey 63
Possession was Brighton 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Brighton 13 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Brighton 3 Newcastle 2
Team: Sels, Anita (Gamez 72), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran (Yedlin 88), Ritchie, Diame (Colback 81), Perez
Unused Subs: Darlow, Clark, Armstrong, Hanley
Referee: Keith Stroud
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