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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Brighton 1 Newcastle 1

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Saturday night ended Brighton 1 Newcastle 1.

No new manager announced ahead of this match BUT Eddie Howe a very interested spectator looking on from the stands alongside Amanda Stavely, watching what he will shortly inherit…

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game, this time it is David Punton.

POSITIVES

Change is coming

Graeme Jones managed to get a reaction from the players in the second half, but with the new manager waiting in the wings, it was off the pitch that offered us a ray of hope.

Most pundits seem to agree Howe is a good solid choice to take over at this stage of ‘the project’.

He has two weeks to build on that comeback and then start a run of very important games. We have to be confident and hope (pray) he can get a tune out of this lot where others have failed.

Joe the super sub?

It was a nice change to see Joelinton make more of an impact when he was summoned from the bench.

He played a lovely pass for the Wilson charge on goal that ended in a red card for the Brighton keeper.

It was an impressive cameo and he clearly got the memo that a new manager was watching him.

Credit where it’s due for Jones?

Three changes to the starting line up saw Longstaff, Fraser and Manquillo benched, with Murphy, Almiron and Shelvey come in.

It was needed. Certainly in the case of Jacob Murphy it was a very good call. He’s a great athlete and we always look a better side when he plays.

Jones is getting a fair bit of stick on social media so credit where it is due there, even if the Schar and Fernandez situations remain a tad baffling.

NEGATIVES

Trial by television

We all know the VAR rulings will probably even themselves out over the course of the season, but at the Amex, we were on the receiving end of a very tight penalty appeal.

There seemed an element of simulation for me.

It seemed harsh and is proof that when you’re near to the bottom of the table it can feel like it goes against you more often than not in the key moments.

A first half to forget

Eddie Howe watched from the stands and he can’t have liked what he saw in that opening 45 minutes.

United were woeful and it was more proof how badly things have gone with this squad since Rafa left the club.

If they keep replicating that sort of showing we will be richest club to get relegated in the history of English football.

It was a much better second half but the showings of Almiron and ASM were poor in that first half. New coaching ideas can’t arrive soon enough.

JJS, FFS!

The thrilling climax to that game saw the Brighton keeper shown a red card, and, as we all know, a free kick was awarded and the hosts had to put an outfield player in between the sticks (Lewis Dunk) as they’d used all their subs.

Up steps Jonjo Shelvey and with an opportunity to have a go at goal and test Dunk’s confidence, he inexplicably attempted to float the ball across the box. A bit silly to say the least.

Three points that went begging at the end of the game and I hope we don’t come to rue the missed opportunity.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 6 November 5.30pm

Goals:

Brighton

Trossard pen 24, Sanchez 90+2 red card

Newcastle:

Hayden 66

Stats in brackets are at half-time:

Possession was Brighton 66% (67%) Newcastle 34% (33%)

Total shots were Brighton 14 (6) Newcastle 6 (2)

Shots on target were Brighton 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (0)

Corners were Brighton 2 (2) Newcastle 5 (2)

Referee: David Coote

Crowd: 31,267 (Newcastle 3,100)

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Murphy, Krafth (Gayle 90+4), Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron (Joelinton 74), Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Schar, Lewis, Fraser, Willock, Longstaff, Manquillo

(Graham Potter reflects after dropping points to one shot on target Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer on the money with verdict after Newcastle make it 12 games and no wins – Read HERE)

(Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s comeback draw – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer on that Brighton penalty and…Eddie Howe getting Newcastle United job – Read HERE)

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