Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 – Saturday 20 October 3pm
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after this afternoon’s match.
Newcastle losing 1-0 and making it five home defeats in a row.
The club now rock bottom of the Premier League table with two points from nine games.
Dubravka 5 – Looked all over the place every time the ball game was near his feet.
Don’t think he could do anything for the goal.
Yedlin 3 – Fragile defensively and contributed nothing going forward.
Seemed to even lose heart towards the end of the game.
Fernandez 8 – The two centre halves didn’t do too badly although one certainly looked stronger than the other.
Looks a good signing.
Lascelles 5 – Bad day at the office for him.
Was given a tough time by Locadia when he came on, lost his legs and his head by the end.
Dummett 5 – Offers nothing going forward sadly.
Said this for years now but especially at home, he has to do more going forward. an attacking left back is needed for games like this. Still kept going until the end.
Shelvey 8 – The only Newcastle player who looked like he could really come up with something, although Kenedy and Ritchie tried at times.
Would thrive in a better team, no end product though.
Diame 6 – Did ok, but certainly limited and not the player of latter half of the previous season.
Ritchie 6 – Misses a few good chances but can’t fault him for the lack of effort.
Just missing that quality in the final third.
Perez 3 – Brilliant last week but back to the normal Ayoze Perez today and that is pretty useless.
Players and manager should be criticised if they have a bad game, but if you’re spending time screaming at Ayoze Perez trying a flick, but sitting idly by and letting Mike Ashley ruin this club, then your priorities need to be question IMHO.
Kenedy 6 – Like Ritchie, he looked a threat, but it was all very huff and puff from him rather than looking like he was really going to open Brighton up.
Muto 3 – I don’t think he touched the ball for the first 30 minutes and then when he did, he nearly gifted Brighton a goal. That phase of play led to a questionable corner which Brighton scored from.
Joselu N/A (Not on long enough to judge).
Fans booing the manager for making a sub?
It’s a fact that our fans spent more time slagging off the manager today than they did Mike Ashley. A bad day all round.
The fans – BIG FAT ZERO
That is with the exception of a few hundred guys sitting behind me who sing their hearts out for 90 minutes and get behind the team.
Most fans would rather sit there booing the players for making genuine mistakes, booing the manager for not making subs, boo the referee, than stand up and try and do something about the one man who bought the players who weren’t good enough, and who won’t let the manager sign players who are good enough.
We all spend our hard earned cash to watch the team play, and we expect a certain standard of course, but people need to wake up and smell the coffee.
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)
You can follow the author on Twitter @JonathanComyn