Final score was Newcastle 0 Brighton 1.

Five games played at home this season and five defeats.

In four games against clubs outside the ‘big six’, Newcastle have managed no goals in over six hours of football.

Those statistics can’t be argued with but how about the stats solely from today’s game?

Well, they show Newcastle with 68% possession, 27 shots (8 for Brighton) and 10 corners to the 2 the visitors had.

Looking at those basic stats you would assume Newcastle should have won comfortably, which isn’t the case…

Brighton certainly didn’t deserve to win but as for Newcastle, it was almost entirely huff and puff with no cutting edge.

A lot of corners but can’t recall any near misses, Brighton have a decent defence and looked comfortable on set-pieces.

In open play the visitors let Newcastle get to 30 yards or so and then asked the home side to try and break them down, which they pretty much failed to do.

Of 27 shots only six were on target and much of that was because the majority of attempts were from distance.

Ayoze Perez totally summed up the lack of goals in our team when in the opening stages Shelvey won the ball on the edge of the box and left the Spaniard with just the keeper to beat, his embarrassing effort was straight at Ryan in the Brighton goal.

I can only remember (man of the match) Jonjo Shelvey having any other chances.

A mazy dribble and less than confident shot brought a block from the keeper and Muto put a reflex header over.

Whilst a save from Shelvey’s free-kick looked very decent, until the replay on the big screen showed it was right in the middle of the goal.

Newcastle didn’t deserve to lose but they didn’t deserve to win either, the stats very misleading.

As one of four or five clubs Newcastle had to beat at home if relegation is to be avoided, this was more than disappointing.

On the subject of stats, my final word is the attendance.

Newcastle announced the crowd as 50,329. Never in a million years was there fifty thousand there today inside St James Park.

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Atsu, Murphy, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo

Crowd: 50,329 (Brighton approx 1,300)

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  • Mike

    Dross total dross

  • Hopey


  • robbersdog

    It doesn’t matter how many corners we get or how much possession we have if we can’t actually score goals. We’re very short of firepower and creativity in the final third of the pitch, and it’s all down to chronic, longterm under-funding by our owner.

    I don’t know where we go from here, but right now it feels like we’re trying to climb Everest wearing only flip-flops and a bobble hat. Rafa’s a great manager, but he isn’t a miracle worker and I’m afraid that yet another relegation is looming.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Toon are down and sorry to finally say it but Rafa WTF was that ? at least Gateshead won

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa didn’t miss the gilt edged chances we had……

  • Toontaff

    Ritchiemissed a sitter with header. Diame missed. Meanwhile Rafa made 1 late sub.

    • BigHairyDog

      What did he have to bring on that could change the game?

      • Marveauxless

        A big powerful Serbian striker who could take advantage of all of those long balls and crosses…. oh wait

        • Wing Sin Wing

          Remind me did Mitrovic score today? Oh…Cardiff 4 : 2 Fulham…um

          • Marveauxless

            Sound logic, if he doesn’t score every single game then he is objectively terrible. You should be a lawyer 🙄
            It took Mitrovic 6 games to surpass Joselu’s goal tally from the entirety of last season and he’s only 2 behind Rondon’s total for West Brom last season.
            He was comfortably Newcastle’s best striker and as close to a surefire quality Premier League striker you have at our level.

          • Toontaff

            There was a bat flying around in the Gallowgate who looked like he could have replaced Perez!

          • Kneebotherm8

            He flutters to deceive…….

          • Kneebotherm8

            A team that plays all out attack and can’t defend for their lives…25 conceded in 9 games……Mitro’s gonna score goals in their system but you need to not ship goals for fun too…..

          • Marveauxless

            Newcastle United averaged 14.4 shots per game last season whilst Fulham have only averaged 13.3 shots per game this season. Mitrovic would have been just as prolific in our side if not more so.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Mitrovic has said himself he didn’t fit into Rafas style of play…….ie defending when the team hasn’t got possession……so we’d maybe have conceded a few more goals last season with Mitro in the team……..swings and roundabouts……that’s probably why Benitez does the job he does and we do the job we do……

          • Kneebotherm8

            Fulham are leaking goals at an alarming rate………Cardiff doubled their goals tally for the season today……..Mitro and his team need to learn how to defend too….

      • Paul Patterson

        A new linesman in the east stand might have helped . .

      • Albert Stubbins

        Persisting with Perez and taking off muto was one of a number of headscratching decisions that have been made this season. Have ANY substitutions made a positive effect on a game this season?

      • nufcslf


  • Paul Patterson

    Stats mean nothing. The only ‘stat’ that counts is Newcastle 0 Brighton 1. We are going down at a rate of knots . .

  • Albert Stubbins

    Final third is the only place it really matters if you are going to win games of football matches at this level. We are terrible in final third and other than a short spell against man utd where we looked a threat we are terrible in front of goal. No amount of spin from Rafa is going to convince me otherwise. Insisting on persisting with the hapless Perez and uncommitted Kennedy is taking this club in one direction and that is down. Other than a slightly above mediocre performance from shelvey today there are no positives to take from this or any other match this season. We looked disjointed at the back, lacked creativity in the middle and cluless in the final third. Any other manager and anyone with the smallest insight of understanding the dynamics of a dressing room would say the manager has lost the belief and support of the players. There’s no heart and no fight and what looks to be a lack of belief. Maybe the gamble telling the players a week before the season started that they went good enough has come home to roost after all.

    • Ram Kishore

      “Maybe the gamble telling the players a week before the season started that they wernt good enough has come home to roost after all”
      I have been saying this since the beginning of July, ever since Rafa’s interview. Not many talked about it or wanted to. The transfer window wasnt exactly great as any of us expected. But Rafa should have did all the fight behind the scenes and not infront of the media or to the knowledge of the players.

      Perez takes too much time.
      Kennedy should send his futsal skills back to Brazil. Should have brought on Joselu earlier if putting in crosses was the plan. Lack the aerial dominance in the opposition box. We are missing Rondon big time.

  • Leicester Mag

    The premier league moved on and we went deliberately backwards. An act of arrogant hubris that now means we simply don’t have the quality to stand a chance. Time again the decency and loyalty of fans has been abused. None more so than the disgrace of the summer transfer window. Yet still the majority flock to the call. Sadly this has now turned to sneering contempt from the rest of the football world. This time he will take us to close to oblivion if unchecked. Maybe we cannot stop it be surely pride demands we fight for OUR club.

  • wheyayeman

    Rafa will walk and so should all of us. Pep in the dug out wouldn’t make a bit of difference until fatso is gone. There’s no amount of analysis or substitutions that can change it. We have the squad, the results and the stats we deserve. One man deserves your frustration, your anger and not a penny more of your money. We need to hit the exits en mass – this is a disgrace and yet whatever he does – most of you keep him sitting pretty and are content with the status quo! I won’t be back until he’s gone.

    • Kneebotherm8


  • Marveauxless

    In the first half of last season our performances against the teams we have currently played (minus Cardiff who weren’t in the Premier League) were as follows:
    Tottenham: Loss
    Chelsea: Loss
    Man City: Loss
    Arsenal: Loss
    Crystal Palace: Draw
    Leicester: Loss
    Man Utd: Loss
    Brighton: Loss
    1 point from those 8 games.

    Personally, I don’t see us being relegated as the results against the disproportionately high quality of teams we have played so far is not an accurate reflection of our abilities. Cardiff and Huddersfield are too poor for this league. Yes we are poor and Ashley is the primary culprit for the current situation but it is too soon to be making rash assumptions of impending doom

    • Big Al 1967

      Last seasons results to the corresponding fixtures this season
      Spurs (Home) Both losses
      Chelsea (Home) Last Season Win This season Loss
      Man City (Away) Both Losses
      Arsenal (Home) Last Season Win This season Loss
      Palace (Away) Both Draws
      Leicester (Home) Both Losses
      Man Utd (Away) Both Losses
      Brighton (Home) Last season Draw This season Loss

      So we are actually 7 points worse off from the corresponding fixtures from last season.
      However it is the manor of the defeats that concerns me more. Put another way, when Brighton scored did you think we would get anything from the game? I know I didn’t

      • Albert Stubbins

        Is the correct answer. There is absolutely no indication that we can turn this around. White flag Job in October!!

      • Coach Clagnut

        Time’s up for this squad. The one thing I hate to see a team displaying
        but fills the opposition with confidence is the out-stretched palm when
        in possession.
        Lost count today how many times our lot were arms
        outstretched with the palms up looking for a pass. Countless individual
        errors and wrong decisions,high balls to short players and a serious
        lack of mobility at throw ins and corners does not auger well for a
        season of survival. Brighton were, overall, bereft of ideas. They didn’t
        have much to defend against. This game displayed the direct result of
        failure to invest by the wonga glutton.
        You don’t ask a master
        carpenter to work with a plumber’s toolkit unless you are a total
        imbecile. Step forward Fatty, all the glory is yours.

    • nufcslf

      Do you CC this sh*t to your fat mate. Do yourself a favour and have a look at the league table.

  • FatParosite

    Now comes the “Rafa is not fit to manage” PR push….. & the suckers will lap it up.

  • nufcslf

    There’s only one stat that matter’s, 1 nil loss.

  • lupa

    And they capitalised on their improvement by scoring the first goal of the game when Beram Kayal lashed home via a deflection.
    Lashed home did Ryder see the feckin game

  • porciestreet

    The crowd numbers will always be announced as those that include ST sales so not necessarily a true reflection of those who deliberately stayed away in protest.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Still too many!!!!!!