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Brighton fans comments before AND after Newcastle game – Not sure if they are any happier…

3 years ago
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Brighton fans were not happy before Saturday’s match.

A draw and six defeats in their last seven matches, with not a single goal in over ten and a half hours of football.

Their team had looked as though they simply had to stumble over the finishing line to ensure another season of Premier League football, only for this dismal run of form and football to mean it was between them and Cardiff for the final relegation spot, with three games left to play.

With safety now all but assured after the weekend’s results, it isn’t obvious that the Brighton fans are any happier now.

That first half was stunningly bad from a Brighton perspective and if Newcastle had needed/wanted it more, then surely they would have finished the contest off by the break.

Brighton managed to improve a little bit in the second half and at least put some effort in, which ended up being enough against a Newcastle team missing a number of first choice players and looking a bit fatigued.

However, it looks clear that many Brighton fans don’t see a successful longer-term future if they are still relying on Chris Hughton and many of these players.

Brighton fans comment via their North Stand Chat message board:

PRE-MATCH:

‘Hughton has turned us into an embarrassment, the worst team in the PL right now and quite possibly the worst side to watch out of all 92 clubs.’

‘Absolutely! We’ve spent £50m on some absolute tat.’

‘What makes you think we will suddenly change form/tactics? If we couldn’t get up for the Cardiff game why will Newcastle be any different from any of the games this year!

Hughton hasn’t got it in him to motivate a win!’

‘We won’t win and that’s all there is to it. In fact I might go all out on a limb here and say we won’t score either!!

Let’s get on with relegation, a new manager and a new team. I don’t want to watch this one any longer, it’s embarrassing. We shouldn’t be in the PL, it’s not in our DNA and has been the most hopeless, predictive football to watch (relative to the division) since 97/98. Can’t wait to get back into the Champ and see some entertainment again.’

‘So where’s the hope we’ll beat Newcastle coming from? An own goal and another Alamo 90mins? I think it’s too much to ask our defence to keep a clean sheet game after game after game in the hope we get 38 nil nils a season.’

‘CH has been a legend for us but whatever the result on a Saturday his time has come to an end.’

‘The issue for me is that we are incapable of attacking football.

God help us if they score first.’

‘We haven’t scored for 6 (six) games!! I could count the number of shots on those games on one hand!
It didn’t ‘just go against us’ against Cardiff! We got what we deserved …… nothing! We amassed 1 shot on target!’

‘There is nothing to suggest we’ll score and get 3 points against Newcastle. A nil nil is what I’m hoping for and a Cardiff defeat obviously.’

POST-MATCH:

‘Sitting off Newcastle as if they were Manchester City. Bizarre.’

‘It was absolutely shocking,

As said by others, mostly down to the team selection and formation but that doesn’t explain the comedy free kick or that totally shambolic defending for their goal or giving Shelvey 30 yards of space all half. ‘

‘It’s not the first time CH tactical ineptitude has made Shelvey look like Beckenbauer. Joke.’

‘Im sure hughton would have wanted to play the way we did against spurs, it would have nullified shelvey. But he tried to be attacking at home.’

‘Most lacklustre and fear filled performance I think I have ever seen from an Albion side in a big game. No idea why.’

‘Utterly disgraceful to let Newcastle string 20 or 25 passes together without so much as a hint of anybody attempting any kind of a challenge. This group of players, at that point in the game, deserved nothing but the utmost contempt.’

‘Who was on the train and saw the newcastle fan swinging and then have his arse handed to him on the way back from the AMEX?

‘The only Newcastle fans I saw today made a load of noise in their end, and the ones I met in the pubs and train were great guys.

The Toon army are good guys.’

‘One tossser out of 3,000.’

‘Never been so embarrassed with the football we have played in the last month , it’s been awful.’

‘I’m not sure our 2nd half performance was really that good.

Sure it was a whole lot better than the first half but I never actually thought we were going to score.

The keeper had zero shots to save of any note.

For me we got away with it a bit.’

‘Hmmmm so we really must praise Mr Hughton for being brave enough to change the woeful, unbelievable woeful, team selection he took 4 days to make.

A bit like praising Chris Grayling for cancelling the ferry contract he negotiating with a company that has no boats.’

‘Based on that 1st half performance, the only way we looked likely to get anything out of the game was by boring Newcastle to death.’

‘I’m a great Hughton supporter and will remain so, but that is the first game where the team selection and first half tactics had me completely baffled.’

‘I’m pleased we got a much needed point yesterday, but when a draw at home to Newcastle feels like winning the cup you have to appreciate something has gone wrong somewhere.’

‘Fans had every right to boo that disgraceful first half. The boos were more aimed at Hughton i guess.’

Newcastle fans singing “Is this a library?”

The way the team started completely killed any atmosphere that was built before kick-off. Before we scored the equaliser our fans were barely even audible on the TV.’

‘Pretty good atmosphere. An afternoon of boozing by thousands helped!

Not one NUFC song after the equaliser … it’s not just Albion fans who get shell shocked.’

‘There was a better atmosphere in the concourse watching Soccer Saturday and awaiting the impending Cardiff defeat than much of the stadium first half.’

‘Lee Dixon, the pundit co commentary on NBC said the bleedin obvious in the first half, the ground is a morgue, it was, don’t let the second half blind your views.’

When game after game, opponents start giving us a footballing lesson, supporters get that resigned feeling. Even the mighty Mags, with their northern passion and grit, were deadline silent after we equalised until final whistle.’

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