A grim day for Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle United fanbase.
A fifth home defeat in a row and Newcastle slipping to the very bottom of the Premier League table.
Alan Shearer agreed that Rafa’s team had some bad luck, with the goal coming from a corner that should have been a goal kick.
But as he sums up, you still have to defend that corner and they didn’t, Fernandez beaten initially in the air and then Perez going absent, leaving the man he was marking on the edge of the box all the time he wanted to hit the shot that was deflected past Dubravka.
Newcastle had 27 shots but Brighton invited them to attack and simply defended deep, the vast majority of those shots from distance and/or missing the goal.
Alan Shearer making clear the quality wasn’t there in the final third.
After that poor performance and standing bottom of the league wit two points from nine matches, Alan Shearer simply declares ‘Not good enough’, impossible to disagree with that.
It was exactly 22 years to the day since Shearer, Ferdinand, Lee, Ginola and Beardsley tore apart Manchester United 5-0, the contrast with what we see now could hardly be greater.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:
“Five home defeats Alan for Newcastle, it doesn’t look good for your boys and they aren’t getting much luck either it seems?”
“It was poor today.
“But you have still got to do your defending from the corner.
“Poor from Muto in the first place, gave the ball away in a dangerous position.
“Brighton capitalise, win the ball, but I don’t know how the assistant can’t this, Solly March is walking back because he knows it is a goal-kick, the assistant should spot that.”
“Having said all that, you still have to defend the corner and Newcastle didn’t do that. Duffy outmuscles Fernandez, they get the ball back, Izquieredo’s shot and it takes a couple of deflections, the last one off Kayal.
“No luck but Brighton were very very well organised.
“Chris Hughton said it, they had to defend as though their lives depended on it at times.
“But from a Newcastle point of view, not good enough.
“Yes they created chances but you have to stick them in the back of the net.”
“They are missing an Al.
“They need an Al back.
“How are your knees?”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Brighton 1
Brighton: Kayal 29
Possession was Brighton 32% Newcastle 68%
Total shots were Brighton 8 Newcastle 27
Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Brighton 2 Newcastle 10
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74)
Darlow, Atsu, Murphy, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo
Crowd: 50,329 (Brighton approx 1,300)
(Can these statistics from Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 be misleading? Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)
(Match ratings of all NUFC players v Brighton HERE)
(Lee Charnley “We’ll do better when we play the lesser teams” – Read HERE)