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Graham Potter reflects after dropping points to one shot on target Newcastle United

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Graham Potter watched on as his team made it seven games without a win on Saturday night.

Brighton dominating the match and once taken the lead through a disputed 24th minute penalty, Newcastle didn’t look capable of creating a chance, never mind scoring a goal.

However, goals change matches and out of nowhere, Brighton conceded with 24 minutes to go. Usually so good on set-pieces, the home side allowed Ciaran Clark to head the ball back across the box and Isaac Hayden scored his first Premier League in 22 months with a volley he struck into the ground.

Brighton were stunned after having looked like they were stumbling towards a surefire win over a tame negative Newcastle side.

Graham Poter declaring ‘The goal changed the complexion of the game a little bit and then it wasn’t quite as controlled as we would have liked.’

Despite ending the game with only the one shot on target, Newcastle could have actually won it in a real smash and grab, in added time Callum Wilson breaking from the halfway line and last man Sanchez bringing him down outside the box, when an open goal beckoned for Wilson if the Brighton keeper hadn’t fouled him and picked up a red card.

Graham Potter counted it as another point won to keep them ‘ticking over’ and they are in sixth place on 17 points before Sunday’s matches. However, whilst a point was only enough to take Newcastle back above Norwich and off total rock bottom, it does look a far more valuable point for the visitors, as Eddie Howe is set to take over.

Graham Potter speaking after Brighton 1 Newcastle 1:

“Up until their goal, I thought that we had really good control of the game.

“We pushed them back and it’s not easy to play against a side that’s playing as low as they were, with the counter-attacking players that they have.

“I thought we did our best to keep them quiet.

“But the goal changed the complexion of the game a little bit and then it wasn’t quite as controlled as we would have liked.

“Although it’s impossible to control a Premier League game for 90 minutes.

“It’s a good point for us that we will take and we move forward.

“It looked like Callum Wilson was through [when Brighton keeper Sanchez brought the Newcastle striker down and was red carded], so we caused our own problems there.

“That was the story of the game in a way.

“At the same time, you have to credit Newcastle who came with an idea and a plan.

“With the players that they have, they are always in the game, especially if it’s only 1-0.

“That’s football, we see it at every level, but we will be better for that experience.

“It [the point] keeps the scoreboard ticking over and we have to keep trying to improve.”

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

(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)

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