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

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Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 6 November 5.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

What can you say…woeful for so much of the match but would have won it, if not for Sanchez red carded when bringing down Callum Wilson and last man.

Billy Miller:

“We looked like a bottom of the table club for the first hour of this game and for a lot of the time we were.

“I was thinking that we may be playing our way out of another manager as Howe watched on in the stands.

“We were better after the equaliser, or maybe Brighton were worse.

“Frustrating we didn’t test Lewis Dunk as stand in keeper after Sanchez was sent off and pretty much every other player booked.

“Either way, a valuable point and a valuable international break to try and get this team looking like a Premier League side.”

Jamie Smith:

“At half time we’d all have snapped up the offer of a point.

“However, it ended up feeling hollow after the late foul on Wilson and Shelvey’s ridiculous decision not to shoot at a defender in pegs should have seen a winner.

“Hopefully this international break is a bit of a cleanser from the worst start to a season in NUFC history, although we’ll be hoping tomorrow’s games keep the deficit to 5 points which can be firmly addressed in the next 3 home games.

“After alarmist stories emerged about the Howe appointment it appears he will take the reins next week and have two weeks to get by this shower in shape for Brentford.

“Very best of luck to him in what will be a massive job.”

Dale Thompson:

“I think what this game showed us for sure…

“Is that apart from a very small number of teams, if you play ok you can expect to get something from any Premier League match.

“Newcastle United nowhere close to ok and yet still picking up a point!

Dean Wilkins:

“A bit like a snake charmer, Newcastle United were so bad, they sent Brighton into a trance.

“The home side should have had the game wrapped up long before the break but instead NUFC dragged them down to a woeful level.

“In the second-half, Newcastle didn’t improve very much, they just showed a little bit of purpose and at least interest in trying to score a goal.

“Hayden scored with Newcastle’s only effort on target and pretty much an exact replay of the Palace match when Wilson scored with the only NUFC chance.

“At first you wondered why Wilson had went to ground when through on goal but replays showed that the keeper did catch him enough to hit the ground.

“A valuable point but that could have been a massive three.”

Paul Patterson:

“Seriously, what was the starting eleven and those substitutions about?

“I’ll take the point but Jones needs to be nowhere near team selection or in game management.”

Nat Seaton:

“Sadly it was more of the same, but ‘thankfully’, just like Palace we get a point.

“As poor as we were, that game was there for the taking.

“You got the feeling that they thought a point was good enough.

“Can you believe the we couldn’t test an outfield player in goal… unbelievable!”

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

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