Brighton fans made the long journey north and weren’t impressed with what they saw.
Their overwhelming impression was that the Seagulls were better than the Magpies but didn’t show enough attacking intent.
More worrying for Newcastle supporters is just how bad they thought the home side was.
Basically, if they had shown more ambition, Brighton fans think they would have taken away the three points.
In fact the visitors were not impressed with what they saw both on and off the pitch from the hosts.
Despite another capacity crowd the atmosphere was shocking, with Brighton fans claiming the booing at the final whistle was the loudest the home supporters had been.
I can’t say that the booing really registered that much with me, I tend to just zone out as I leave after such a poor game, however, it is for sure that unless the team does something, the noise levels from the terraces is all but non-existent.
If the players continue that Saturday afternoon form in upcoming games, nothing will improve…on or off the pitch.
That is five from the last six games at St James Park where Newcastle have failed to score.
This first comment below is very much on the money as the key to Newcastle’s biggest problem, especially when it comes to creating/attacking…’Brighton have strengthened and Newcastle haven’t’.
Brighton fans comment via their top North Stand Chat message board:
‘We edged it, but a draw was probably a fair result and a decent one considering it was away from home and against a team that would have been targeting this game for 3 points.
A team on the slide like Newcastle, will be thinking’ if we can’t beat Brighton at home we are going to struggle’. Physiologically we have a big boost by staying above them and taking 4 points off them this season. Especially revealing that they did the double over us last season. Brighton have strengthened and Newcastle haven’t.’
‘I think that Newcastle Brown Ale have missed a trick on the free advertising at the end of the game, with all the Toon fans shouting boooooooooooooooze!’
‘I’d like to see a plan B deployed, I know we will lose more than we currently do but we would also win more and score more goals which should breed confidence to shoot!
Newcastle are the perfect opposition to deploy a 2nd striker against.’
‘Annoyed at spending over £200 on this match, yet it didn’t seem at any point that we actually tried to win the game.’
‘A rather annoying end to that game. There for the taking, but our attacking outlets were few, and our aim seemed to nab that precious point rather than three. Could have been so much more, with a thin slice of dare consumed. Still, liked our midfield slickness, and hope we’re given so much space to continue with that, and get a strike or two toward goal as we do.’
‘I think people have a right to be somewhat concerned about the fact we’ve scored one goal from open play in our last TEN. Not a ‘Hughton Out’ shout at all, and it was a decent point today despite the poor performance, but I can’t help feeling our survival hinges on getting the right striker in next month.’
‘Pretty poor game, but it is a point gained considering the form Newcastle are in and that Stoke are getting worse.’
‘One of my Newcastle (season ticket holding) supporting friends was on his FB page around 3pm claiming this was almost a guaranteed three points for the ‘Army…’
‘I don’t really care how boring/cautious/lucky/etc we are. Every point is precious, lets strive to be the least bad team, get as many points as we can, no matter how, and build on that from next season. Saying that, I’m rather glad I didn’t make the trip up to the frozen north today, SSN had nothing good to say about either team (except Maty Ryan, who was brilliant)!’
‘Having a bit of a moan, getting it off your chest is fine. We are reacting as if we lost today which is better than reacting as if we’d just really lost. To moan at a draw is favourable and it hasn’t evolved into a bed wetting scenario.’
‘Surprised Izquierdo wasn’t given the last 10 mins. We completely handed Newcastle the momentum for the final few. Fortunately they were poor.’
‘Its the same pattern thats has happen everytime Hughton has managed in the top flight……maybe Chris should look at tweaking the tactics a bit?’
‘I don’t think it was happening when he was the Newcastle manager – it was just Ashley wanting to wave his willy and get a Big Shot manager in.’
‘Newcastle were really, really bad today, but we didn’t take advantage of that. People watch football for entertainment, and ultimately it’s attacking play that provides entertainment. The team aren’t giving us much to cheer going forward, at the moment.’
‘I was pleased with an away point and would have taken that at the start. Expected more from Newcastle (as did their fans clearly).’
‘I thought we’d lose today as (all the pre match talk and posturing from the Toon indicated) Newcastle were well up for this. To take the sting out of their game and come away with a point at a place we nearly always contrive to lose… I’m delighted.
We need a striker or two for sure, BUT this was a good result – make no mistake.’
‘Appreciate the need for a point away from home and March/Knockaert were defending well, but they were there for the taking today and to not give Izquierdo a go for 25 minutes seemed a bit strange. Not often we’ll be away from home and have a chance like that to get 3 points.’
‘Incredibly dull game from two sides short of goals and confidence with two pragmatic managers. Probably could’ve put the mortgage on a 0-0, with hindsight. No quality in final third from either side.’
‘Again just not good enough against a shot Newcastle side. Terrible game.’
‘Two points dropped as NU were poor but another point in the bag.’
‘Newcastle were there for the taking, which makes it frustrating. A point is a point though I suppose.
However we could carry on playing all evening and we still wouldn’t have scored.’
‘Two points thrown away today by our total reluctance to attack. Newcastle were rubbish and there for the taking, we just sit back. So frustrating.’
‘Damaging for Newcastle, they’d have expected to win at home against us. Their wobble continues.’
‘Although we may be disappointed, the reaction of the home support at the end says a lot. They are on the slide and it was important to not lose to them today.’
‘Last 15 min we shut down and stopped passing – need to manage the full 90 mins(+3). Still a point is ok away from home, but Newcastle are so bad we should have taken them.’
‘The home crowd were deafening….when they were booing at the end.’