Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 30 December 2017 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
A draw and a point that isn’t quite what Newcastle were looking for…
“Mike Ashley should be forced to watch this on repeat for 72 hours with his eyes clamped ajar with ocular speculums, strapped to a chair with hands and ankles restrained.
“In the aftermath of the Man City game where every rock-dwelling, gibbering creature with access to Wi-Fi and a keyboard stuck the boot in to Rafa and all things NUFC, so one thing was for sure – today we needed to ‘win’.
“This result was written after about five minutes. The performance was nowhere near what is required. Very ordinary, very sloppy and very frustrating.
“We need to get wins against equally ordinary teams.
“Extremely worried and a sad way to end the year.
“Players need to be BRAVER as this transfer window looks like going the same way as the last few. Up to you boys to save your own backsides.
“However, upwards and onwards, plenty points are still to play for.
“Another defensive masterclass from Rafa, matched by a solid performance from Brighton.
“It would have been harder to defend if either team had tried to score, but they didn’t, so all we could do was enjoy the organisation on show. If you can call it enjoyment.
“Brighton are no better than us, putting it politely, so having taken 4 points off us to our 1 shows that we have a lot of work to do over the next 5 months.
“Defending like this will help but Rafa needs better forward players to achieve safety comfortably. Gayle, Joselu and Ritchie were ineffective today, Atsu looked knackered from the start.
“The only moment of quality came at the end.
“I have always liked New Order, hearing Temptation on the way out was the best bit of the afternoon.
“Happy New Year everyone, my only hope after watching another poor game is that we will stay up. It’s tough to watch and harder to enjoy.”
“That’s a ridiculous result. 0-0 at home with only 2 shots on target and just 45% possession. At home to Brighton!
“People won’t like to hear it but this is a typical Rafa Benitez home performance. Way too negative and not proactive enough.
“We had these results countless times last season and threatened to cost us promotion. He is very well known for these home results throughout his career.
“We should be sat in 12th place right now looking forward to going to Stoke to increase the gap. Instead we head there under big pressure to not lose.
“Can’t stand negativity and over-caution. Completely wasted opportunity. Pathetic.”
“A shocking game of football by two weary Championship teams.
“The only plus from the game – we got a point, everything else points to alarm bells ringing very loudly.
“The top two teams from the Championship look well short of what is needed to stay in the Premier League…”
“Can’t beat brighton…Bournemouth and Swansea win..we can’t score to save our lives.
“Strange forces at work – worrying.”
“Just like watching a turgid Championship game that.
“Wish we’d took the game to them a bit more as they looked as rubbish as us, one goal would’ve done it.
“Pretty anonymous in midfield so we resorted to long hopeful balls to Gayle, if we’re gonna play like that might as well have hoyed Chancel up there at the end.
“Point in the bag I suppose, won’t look too bad as long as we do the business in the next two. Here’s hoping…”
“A missed opportunity today.
“New recruits are needed in January or we’re going to be relegated.”
“Just the usual.
“We don’t have a proper striker and our undercooked, underfunded team failed again, a poxy point in view of the results around us.
“We stand at a terrifying impasse as the weaknesses of the current side threaten a relegation that could jeopardise the long term prospects of the club.
“Brighton were set up to frustrate and I thought the crowd were way too antsy and quick to whinge today, didn’t help matters, although despondency is clearly settling in yet again.
“Gayle’s header could have won it, but well saved. Outside of that I’m going to struggle for my match report I’m afraid…..”
“Awful, unadventurous, negative, talentless, boring, tiresome mess.
“And that was Brighton, we were worse..”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Brighton 0
Possession was Brighton 55% Newcastle 45%
Total shots were Brighton 10 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 2
Corners were Brighton 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Perez 72), Hayden, Merino (Shelvey 76), Atsu, Joselu (Murphy 84), Gayle
Woodman, Manquillo, Mbemba, Diame
Crowd: 52,209 (2,200 Brighton)