3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 0 Brighton 0
Saturday finished Newcastle 0 Brighton 0.
The visitors dominating the opening 75 minutes as Steve Bruce set his team out in a very negative formation, defending so deep.
The late introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin at last got Newcastle onto the front foot to an extent, whilst Andy Carroll’s introduction received the biggest cheer of the day.
The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game. Here goes…
The striker doing 10 minutes without getting injured.
Although at times it looked imminent!
Definitely going to be a crowd pleaser when fully fit.
Had a really good game.
So why is that a negative?
If Manquillo is top performer it does not say much for the rest!
Rarely have I seen a player look so disinterested after about 10 minutes.
Once it was clear he was not going to be given the time and space he needs!
Looked a few less than the published figure.
Boycotters will see it as a positive but the gaps in the seats is noticeably alarming.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 21 September 5.30pm
Possession was Brighton 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Brighton 16 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Brighton 3 Newcastle 5
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Newcastle team v Brighton:
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems (Carroll 82), Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu, Almiron (Saint-Maximin 73), Joelinton
Darlow, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez
Crowd: 43,360 (Looked less than 40,000 actually inside SJP (1,500 Brighton))
(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Read HERE)
(Brighton boss gutted his team didn’t win – Read HERE)
(Watch official match highlights HERE)
(Steve Bruce reacts to the performance and result – read HERE)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
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