Alan Shearer summed up the game on Sunday for the visitors.

Toon fan Shearer pointing out the obvious for his fellow supporters, declaring ‘Not good enough today from Newcastle unfortunately’.

It wasn’t that Newcastle were terrible or Brighton brilliant, it was more that Rafa’s team just didn’t do enough to suggest they deserved anything from the match.

Failing to score a goal and rarely looking like doing so, it was only in the final 20 minutes or so when there was any sustained pressure on the Brighton goal.

By that point Gayle and Shelvey had replaced the disappointing Joselu and Hayden, and with the Seagulls looking simply to hold on to their slender one goal lead, Newcastle finally had the initiative.

Maybe the truth was that Sunday showed/proved that this Newcastle team can’t afford to fall far below their best in any Premier League match this season, if they hope to get something.

Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans had talked of slender margins deciding games this season before today, Jamaal Lascelles put Newcastle on the right side of that with two set-piece winners against Swansea and Stoke, today the margins fell on the side with a set-play goal for Hughton’s team.

Roll the sleeves up and get ready for Liverpool now.

Alan Shearer:

“Not good enough today from Newcastle unfortunately.

“The better team won.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 0


Brighton: Hemed 51

Possession was Brighton 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were  Brighton 7 Newcastle 17

Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Brighton 2 Newcastle 8

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba (Gamez 83), Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 68), Merino, Atsu, Perez, Joselu (Gayle 71)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Murphy, Diame

Crowd: 30,468 (approx 2,500 Newcastle)

(Small-time Brighton journalist trolls Newcastle fans and they respond, read it HERE)

(Go HERE to read instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to the defeat at Brighton)

(Read Chris Hughton’s post-match reaction HERE)

  • Jezza

    The £5 million budget Fatso gave Rafa for a striker in the summer was clearly not good enough.

    • Leazes Ender

      It wouldn’t buy Shearers ‘Lucozade’ contract never mind his shoe sponsorship.

      • Oldgeordie

        Quite agree.The man’s an ****hole. What sort of person plays an extra few games just to beat a legend’s goal scoring record for NUFC. Couldn’t tie Jackie’s boots!!

        • Rich Lawson

          Bit harsh there,someone who really cares about the club and gave up the chance to win trophies and medals elsewhere to play for us,tho’ I take nothing away from Jackie.

          • Oldgeordie

            We are all entitled to our opinion. Some of the things I hear about the way he reacts to people would curl your hair.

          • Andy Mac

            Aye OG he’s not Mr Popular nowadays. Mind you he wasnt that popular outside Toon in his playing days just ask Mr Lennon ?

        • Ram Kishore

          Who are u referring here as legend it Alan ?

    • magpiefifer

      Agrred Jezza,but we need more than a prem quality striker.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Spot on,£5m would only get you Aguero’s left eyebrow these days.Pay peanuts you get…..

      • Andy Mac

        Peanut eaters ? 🤔

        • Peaky Magpie


      • Ram Kishore

        Aguero too would ha e found it difficult to score if he played for Newcastle yesterday..the blamed lies on the team entirely not just on Joselu.. Our wingers and midfield should have created more

  • ghostrider

    We got beat because they wanted it more than we did.
    Having said that, we had every opportunity to get something from that game with the chances we ended up having towards the end,a s well as Merino’s shot which their keeper did excellent to save, plus Joselu’s turn and goal attempt, which was unlucky.
    I thought Joselu was starved of anything decent to be fair and he is a decent player. He just needs to get the service and breaks, then finish them.

    The Stoke game was a game in which he tried too hard and we’ve seen many strikers have those days.
    Away from home and a defeat by 1 goal by a hyped up Brighton team playing like it was their cup final.

    We are always going to suffer defeats and not just to the big clubs, either.
    Our goal is to avoid relegation and anything after that is a bonus.
    We are not entitled to just go and beat teams, no matter who they are, or are supposed to be in terms of some kind of easy meat.

    There’s no easy games in this league and no entitlement to gain any spoils unless worked for.

  • Leazes Ender

    Just a week ago and Alan said we were going to win the league….. its going to be a flip-flop season.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      tongue firmly placed in cheek…

  • MadMag83

    Are two sentences enough to justify an article?

    • Oldgeordie

      Who can justify Shearer?

      • Jimblag23

        By that you mean…..?

  • Billy Ellwood

    I think we were worth a point. Some refs would have disallowed their goal or sent their stamping player off.
    We’ve gotta take it on the chin.
    It’s a shame AS didn’t comment on the incident MOTD simply ignored mind.

    • Oldgeordie

      I thought I saw an earlier stamping by the same player.

    • Biggs Darklighter

      Exactly. Had it been Shelvey or Mitrovic the BBC would have been begging the FA to intervene

  • Steve Pearce

    Well Mr Shearer – why did you not mention the impeding sale of our club? Is that because you are involved in a local syndicate as one of the prospective buyers and therefore have signed a non-disclosure agreement?

  • berba

    Joselu is a joke of striker as he makes Mitrovic and Gayle look world class.
    Perez is going nowhere last 2 seasons and Hayden is too weak for PL.
    Atsu has found the only one team where he can find a starting place
    Mbemba is covering LB, a position which has not been upgraded 2 years

    That sums it all

    • Ram Kishore

      Doom mongers started their analysis.. Hayden is still young and this is his debut season so give him some time… Players and teams do have their bad days

  • Biggs Darklighter

    I think Shearer is totally wrong there. Newcastle played better than Brighton and had both teams a decent striker there would have been many more goals. That game could have gone either way, a draw was the most likely result and Newcastle were unlucky not to come away with something.

    • Big Al 1967

      Totally agree. Not the greatest performance but other than their 15 minute spell at the start of the second half I thought we contained them easily. However much like the Huddersfield game we did not threaten nearly enough ourselves and thought a draw would have been a fair result.