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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Brighton 1 Newcastle 1

3 years ago
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Saturday finished Brighton 1 Newcastle 1.

Rafa’s players making it three Premier League games without defeat but in reality that should now be three wins in a row.

Newcastle leading and cruising at half-time, only to sit back and allow the home side a route back into the game.

The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game.Here goes…

POSITIVES

Perez again!

He may have come off early but it was another brilliant goal from Perez.

It may have looked like an easy strike on TV but to keep that ball down, and then stick it in the top corner with such conviction, he deserves a lot of credit.

He has been in a great run of form… will that be his last game in a Newcastle shirt?

Who knows. I think he needs to have a full season of consistently playing well if he is to earn a move anywhere.

Signing of the season… and not just for Newcastle

I was really impressed with Fabian Schar again.

He just looks like the complete centre-half in terms of being a solid defender, confident on the ball and even chips in with the odd goal going forward.

For only £3 million I can’t think of many better value for money signings in the Premier League last summer.

The PFA team of the year was named this week and although Van Dijk was obviously a shoe-in, I think Schar should have been in with a shout of making it.

There is a lot that can be improved on…

This might seem like a funny one to have in the positives but when you consider this is a side that is sitting in mid-table…

With the exception of goalkeeper and centre-half, we can improve every single area of this team quite easily. I see that as a good thing.

The negative comes when you realize how unlikely it is that we will improve the team.

NEGATIVES

Rafa probably doing himself no favours

A positive result probably does Rafa no favours at this stage of the season.

The powers that be will undoubtedly watch this side playing well, picking up a decent away point, and sitting in mid-table and think ‘well this side can’t be that bad – why do we need to spend money to improve it?’

I do think Rafa is at the stage now at this point in the season, with the context of him wanting a new contract, where the better we do in the last two games, the weaker his leveraging power is.

Awful Awful Brighton

I don’t even think Brighton were that good in the second half!

They just looked better because that first half performance was awful… and I don’t think it was because Newcastle were very good either.

I think we only had one shot on target anyway!

A point away from home is decent, but when you consider just how bad the opposition were on the day… it is nothing to shout home about.

Mike Dean… Surprise Surprise

It is not so much the bad decisions with Mike Dean, because let’s face it, most referees in the Premier League aren’t very good.

However, the guy just comes across as being a horrible man.

Of course Newcastle should have had a penalty when Rondon was chopped down in the box, then another one when Fabian Schar was brought down in the box too.

If it wasn’t for Mike Dean, Newcastle would have been home and dry by half-time.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 1

Goals:

Newcastle:

Perez 18

Brighton:

Gross 75

Possession was Brighton 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were Brighton 9 Newcastle 9

Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 1

Corners were Brighton 7 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu (Muto 81), Perez (Kenedy 33), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Yedlin, Barreca, Diame

Crowd: 30,587  (2,500 Newcastle)

(You can read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

You can follow the author on Twitter @_jonathandc

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