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Brighton 1 Newcastle 0 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Sunday defeat

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Brighton 1 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 24 September 4pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Ben Cooper:

“We were slightly off for the whole game even though we had the best chances in the first half.

“It was a different sort of NUFC we saw today – players out of position, some not knowing what to do and looking unconvincing.

“It was disappointing that their goal was such a soft one given that the back five hoyed everything they could in the way of every Brighton attack but realistically they had very little in front of them for 90 minutes.

“The defence will no doubt take the blame but with our best chances falling to the ghosts of Rafferty and Shinton up front, 0-0 was the best we could hope for.”

Jamie Smith:

“Very disappointing as an underwhelming performance saw recent momentum shudder to a halt.

“This is the way we approach away games though and at times we’ll get caught like this when it’s the other lot, not us, that nicks the one goal in a tight match.

“Next time out at Southampton it may go our way.

“The Joselu miss proved costly this week, unlike his three against Stoke, but if we are continually counting the cost of this profligacy then it may be time to give Dwight Gayle a run.

“Again, the underfunded areas of the team the issue, as Perez was anonymous at number ten, but this is what we have to work with.

“A second disappointing loss to our fellow promotes, perhaps a dose of reality after a week in the top four.”

George Stainsby:

“I would have taken three wins from six during the dark days of pre-season worry but maybe this will show them upstairs we still need loans and investment.

“But I doubt it. I doubt the Liverpool match will have one goal in it.”

Jamie Swan:

“Didn’t play well enough to get anything today. Just seemed off the boil, which is disappointing.

“Brighton will probably feel they deserved it but in truth it was a game on low quality in the final third.

“We were scrappy and average – 5 and 6 out of tens all over the park. Shame, as 3 points were very much for the taking.

“Don’t think we were terrible, but Perez was his usual anonymous self, or when he did actually appear and get involved was pure powder puff guff.

“Even though we weren’t great, Joselu spurned the type of chance that comes back to haunt you, and no matter how much we huffed and puffed at the end – it did.

“3 won, 3 lost. Like the Championship, we might not draw many this season.”

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David Punton:

“Brighton edging it today and for banter purposes that will make up for them bottling the run in for the Championship back in the Spring.

“This game was a bit of a missed opportunity. Joselu’s exploits in front of goal proving more than a bit costly.

“We got away with it last week but not this time out. He has to score from six yards when the chance came by in the first half.

“Rafa needs to look at his selection. Perez and Joselu both under scrutiny ahead of a very hard game against Liverpool.

“The scramble to 40 points goes on, but for all those panicking after today, you would surely have taken 9 points from 6 games at this stage. It had been a good few weeks up until today.

“Two trips to our promotion pals from last season have yielded zero points, which has the feel of Sod’s law about it.

“Respect to all fans making the long trip down there and back on a Sunday for a 4pm kick off.

“Does a possible Hemed stamp on Yedlin need to be looked at by the FA? Yes, but we will see.”

Toon Bano:

“Poor result, against a poor team.

“I think Joselu has used up his ‘trying too hard’ card and needs to be replaced by Mitrovic or Gayle.

“There really is no point working your t*ts off to keep the other team out if you can’t score the few chances you make.

“The goal was a soft one to concede. Criminal to fall asleep at a set-piece. This game should have been 0-0 at worst.

“Try to forget this result and move on.”

Anthony Stafford:

“I hope Mr Hemed is going to get a multi match ban …stamping on Yedlin ala Shelvey.

“Don’t believe the sky commentators…he fell over, slipped, yada yada.

“The same Hemed dived for the free kick that caused the goal.

“We missed chance after chance and have to start hitting the net or it will be a long season.

“Didn’t think much of either team.

“Over to you FA but think they will be deaf, dumb and blind.If it was Mr Shelvey well you know what would happen.”

Paul Patterson:

“This should be the death knell of the 4-5-1 stupidity.

“After 20 minutes, this farce was crying out for two up front.

“Take the praise from good results but this was utter rubbish.”

Paul Lyon:

“A sobering result after a decent run of results.

“Chances were few and far between which had we have taken would have given us the initiative in the game.

“Brighton made the most of a rare defensive lapse from us and took a lot of heart from that.

“Would have been nice to nick a point at the end but it wasn’t to be.

“Back at hyem next weekend where hopefully we can get another run started.”


“I’m not going too get to hung up over this result. We will have more good days than bad under Rafa.

“Brighton plastic brigade going on like they have won a cup final.

“One thing got me on Twitter today, is some of our so called fans tagging players in on Twitter calling them rubbish…BANG OUT OF ORDER.

“Yeah have a moan like all of us but don’t personally get at our players.”

Nat Seaton:

“Not much between the teams but we didn’t offer much up front with Joselu and Perez.

“Ritchie, and especially Atsu, had quiet games and we didn’t make the most of the set plays that we won.

“Not a bad performance but more needed to win points away from home in the Premier League against a fellow promoted team.”

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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)


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