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Season 2021-22
Brighton & Hove Albion (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 6th November 2021, 5.30pm

Live on BT Sport


Venue:
 Amex Stadium

Conditions: Incoherent

Programme: £3.50

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

 Newcastle

 

1 - 1

 

 

Teams

Goals

24 mins An out-swinging corner from the Brighton left was taken by Solly March, but missed the intended target of Shane Duffy, who was pursued by Ciaran Clark just in front the penalty spot.

The ball got caught up in the feet of Murphy and was snaffled by Leandro Trossard in the box. He turned away from the challenge of Clark and the defender kicked the Albion player, who made a meal of that contact and toppled over - aided by a sly shirt tug from the Newcastle player.

The match referee was surrounded by Brighton players and resorted to the guidance of VAR referee Craig Pawson.

A directive this season encouraged referees not to give penalties for contact that doesn't bring an opponent down. Unfortunately, Coote was only shown an angle that highlighted the contact and not the dive (or tug) so once he viewed the pitchside monitor, the inevitable penalty was awarded.

Trossard took the kick himself and blasted his effort down the middle, eluding the outstretched hand of Karl Darlow.

Frustration at the decision has to tempered by annoyance at Clark's actions and also an acknowledgement that we benefited from VAR when goals in favour of the home side were disallowed at both Watford and Palace.  0-1

Half time: Seagulls 1 Magpies 0

66 mins Matt Ritchie's left wing centre to the back post was nodded back across goal by Clark for Isaac Hayden to beat Robert Sanchez with a controlled volley at the North End of the ground. 1-1

Full time: Seagulls 1 Magpies 1

We Said

Graeme Jones took charge of his third and final game and said:

"The response from the boys was outstanding.

"Brighton are an on-the-ball team. The power is always with an on-the-ball team and we had to be in the game and slowly grow into it.

"We improved the high press today; we were better playing out from the back. In the end I think there was only one team in it.

"I wanted a win. Another VAR decision against us, it happens, I'm not disputing that but I'm talking about the reaction of the players.

"We have had some difficult moments this season but the group is together and you saw that with the response in the second half.

"I can see Callum
(Wilson) running that into the back of the net. Things have gone against us but no one will feel sorry for you.

"You have to do something about it, that is the performance we got today."

On the presence of Eddie Howe:


"I am aware of it
(but) "I haven't, no (had any conversations about it).

"The owners assured me three weeks ago that they still want me at the club.

"In my time in the last couple of weeks it has been a process. You have to start with solidity, which we did against Chelsea and today we were more on the front foot.

"You can't go from the Tottenham game where we were wide open to playing like Barcelona. There is a process, we are still in it and I think if I were Eddie I would go away quite happy.

"
We need to take advantage of this international break: it’s a period where we need to become better. It’s an opportunity to work and improve on what he’s seen tonight.

"There were a lot of good things out there. If I was in the stand looking at that, I’d think, ‘Wow, we’ve got a chance’. We’ve got everybody fit and there’s a togetherness, I can assure you of that. We need to nudge that along.”

They Said

 

Graham Potter said:

"We didn't have the points before the game so it's a point gained.

"I thought we played well, certainly first half, really well. It's not easy to play against a team that's defending deep and has the quality attacking players that they have that can hurt you on the transition.

"So I thought we played really well until about an hour in, then they scored and we probably lost our way a little bit which is something to improve on, but the guys tried and tried.

"It's hard to control things for 90 minutes in a Premier League game.

"Up to the goal we had really good control and pushed them back. We did our best to keep them quiet and their goal changed the complexion of the game.

"It looked like Callum Wilson was through, it wasn't the best action from us, but you have to credit Newcastle who came here with a plan.

On the expected installation of Eddie Howe at SJP:

"His CV and what he has achieved at Bournemouth I think speaks for itself.

"He’s got a lot of experience in the Premier League. He has probably had a year or so off which I think will probably be beneficial because you can reflect and you can re-energise and you can come back with the things you can do well and the things you can improve, which is normal.

"I think his record speaks for itself and he’s a fantastic coach. He’ll get them organised and he’ll provide a clarity to what they’re doing.

"They’ve got some really good players, they’ve got Joelinton coming on as a sub, Allan Saint-Maximin on the turnover is as good as you are going to get in this league, Callum Wilson is a proven striker. (Jonjo) Shelvey, (Ryan) Fraser, (Joe) Willock in midfield, so they’ve got some really good players.

"I think it’s the world we are in (that resulted in some negative reactions to the appointment on social media). I think it was Jurgen Klopp who said it matters less what people say when you come in, it matters more what they say when you go out.

"So I think we’ve got to wait and see and, like I said, Eddie’s a top professional. He’s had a fantastic career so far. He’s still only young, he’ll have used the time to reflect and re-energise. So I have huge respect for him."

Stats


Newcastle's failure to win any of their opening 11 league games makes this their longest-ever winless start to a season, exceeding both the 1898/99 and 2018/19 campaigns, when they collected maximum points for the first time in their eleventh game.

As some have pointed out though, 2021/22 isn't our "worst" start to a season in terms of points gained or defeats endured. The 1977/78 season began with a 3-2 home win over Leeds United but that was then followed by ten successive league losses.

The Magpies made their ninth abortive attempt to beat Brighton in the Premier League - adding a fifth draw to their four losses in those games.

United did at least find the net against The Seagulls for the first time in five games; Isaac Hayden's goal ended a 498 minute drought since Ayoze Perez scored at the same venue back in April 2019.

Isaac Hayden scored his seventh senior competitive goal for the club - and his fourth in the PL:

Aug 2016 Reading (h) won 4-1 (Ch)
Apr 2017 Cardiff City (a) lost 0-2 (Ch)
Oct 2017 Southampton (a) drew 2-2 (PL)
Feb 2019 Wolves (a) drew 1-1 (PL)
Jan 2020 Chelsea (h) won 1-0 (PL)
Sep 2020 Morecambe (a) won 7-0 (LC)
Nov 2021 Brighton (a) drew 1-1 (PL)

Newcastle are the only one of the 92 clubs in the Premier League and Football League without a win this season.

The Magpies conceded their fifth penalty in just 11 PL games:

West Ham (h) conceded by Murphy, saved by Woodman (rebound scored)
Aston Villa (a) conceded by Lascelles, scored past Woodman
Southampton (h) conceded by Lascelles, scored past Woodman
Chelsea (h) conceded by Darlow, scored past Darlow
Brighton (a) conceded by Clark, scored past Darlow

And are now without a clean sheet in 11 games - their worst run since an identical one endured between October and December 2017.

Seagulls v NUFC - all time:

2021/22 drew 1-1 (PL) Hayden
2020/21 
lost 0-3 (PL)
2019/20
 drew 0-0 (PL)
2018/19 drew 1-1 Perez (PL)
2017/18 lost 0-1 (PL)
2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez (Ch)
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly (D2)
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock (D2)
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3 (D2)
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle (D2)
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2 (D2)
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, Kerray, Suddick (D2)


In terms of our visits to this venue, all eight games have been televised live in the UK and as a consequence, none have ever been a 3pm Saturday KO:

2021/22 Saturday 5.30pm BT
2020/21 
Saturday 8pm* Sky
2019/20
 Monday 5pm* Sky
2018/19 Saturday 5.30pm BT
2017/18 Sunday 4pm Sky
2016/17 Tuesday 7.45pm Sky
2012/13 Saturday 12.30pm ITV1
2011/12 Saturday 5.15pm ESPN

* BCD due to the pandemic
 

To the best of our recollection, Lewis Dunk is only the third outfield player to face Newcastle in a Premier League game as a stand-in goalkeeper.

The first was Vinnie Jones, who donned the gloves at SJP back in October 1995 following the dismissal of Wimbledon custodian Paul Heald.

And more recently, Liverpool's visit to Gallowgate in April 2012 saw Pepe Reina of Liverpool red-carded, resulting in a cameo appearance between the posts for Magpie old boy Jose Enrique.
 

Waffle

Certain times stick in the mind when the act of watching this lot becomes almost melodramatic; tonight at around 6.50pm being one of them.

Traipsing to the end of the country to endure more technological torture, yet another penalty gifted and yet another goal conceded, peering through the rain in the vain hope of seeing something positive.

There may have been one similar instance in this very spot last March, had fans been admitted to witness that gutless 0-3 surrender. This felt like a moment of almost timeless misery: the end of everything rather than the start of something - all the riches in the world of no consequence.

The darkest hour is right before the dawn apparently though; and that proved to be the case as a rare shot on target changed the narrative and lifted the collective mood considerably.

Until that point, the main interest from a Newcastle perspective came off the field; manager-elect Eddie Howe present to see first hand just what he was about to let himself in for. He'd have been forgiven for leaving at half time.

Hayden's first goal of the season cancelled out a VAR-induced first half penalty conversion by the hosts, but despite a terrible display in the opening period, the deficit remained just one goal at the interval.

And that would crucial as Hayden cancelled out that deficit and a moribund Magpies side began to revive - even looking set to pull off an improbable first victory of the season at the eleventh time of asking.

Three points would elude the visitors though, despite Brighton ending up a man short when their goalkeeper was dismissed after another VAR verdict.

Starting the game bottom of the table after Norwich City won at Brentford earlier in the day, United looked nervous against an Albion side themselves without a win in five league outings.

In charge of the side for a third time, interim coach Graeme Jones restoring Jacob Murphy, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron to the side at the expense of Javier Manquillo, Sean Longstaff and Ryan Fraser respectively.

Memories of our solitary success here returend when a tussle in our area involving Ciaran Clark ended with Brighton converting a penalty past Karl Darlow - Leandro Trossard emulating Glenn Murray back in February 2017.

In that pre-technology era it was match referee Bobby Madley who penalised Clark, but here it was VAR watcher Craig Pawson who invited whistler David Coote to view a pitchside monitor and acknowledge the merest of contacts on Trossard by Clark. You know what happens next.

Having made it to half-time just a goal down, United emerged after the break with an unchanged line-up but began to exhibit some much-overdue appetite for the fight - which paid dividends after 66 minutes.

Matt Ritchie's left wing centre to the back post was nodded back across goal by Clark and Hayden hooked the ball past Robert Sanchez -  a goal that raised a smile from Howe up in the posh seats.

From that moment on, the Magpies looked the most likely winners, without creating many clear openings; the Seagulls seemingly losing their way and the home crowd becoming increasingly restless.

In added time, Callum Wilson looked all set to gain that elusive win after substitute Joelinton had sent him clear of the last defender. United's top scorer rounded Sanchez outside the box and had clear sight of the unguarded Brighton net - only to be sent sprawling by a blatant trip by the 'keeper.

Coote incredibly played on and the game was only belatedly halted with play at the other end of the field, when Pawson once again summoned the referee to that pitchside monitor.

The inevitable red card followed and having already used their three permitted replacements, Brighton were forced to put defender Lewis Dunk between the sticks as United gained a free-kick 30 yards out.

Only Jonjo Shelvey will know why he then wafted a speculative ball harmlessly to the far side of the area rather than have a shot or set a colleague up to test Dunk.

Albion's emergency custodian would end the game having had nothing to do, after Allan Saint-Maximin smashed a wayward cross behind the goal and Matt Ritchie delivered a rotten corner in the final seconds of the game.

Although massively welcome, a win would have been thoroughly undeserved given the dreadful opening, when we looked completely dispirited and a beaten side with the game goalless.

Howe can be in no doubt about the task that lies ahead after watching that, but if nothing else there was rather more intent and purpose evident after the restart, even if too many individual performances were sub-standard.

In addition to addressing the evident issues in defending and bringing the ball out from the back, rehabilitating Joe Willock is a priority for the incoming boss - one of last season's successes languishing on the bench after having made no impact whatsoever this season as yet. 

Seeking solace in statistics, this Newcastle team may now have an unwanted place in club history, but they aren't quite adrift yet (and remain above managerless Norwich on goal difference).

Taking five points from a possible 33 to date leaves the 2021 vintage Magpies a solitary point behind their tally at the same point in 2018/19 - a season which ended with them finishing thirteenth.

Whether Howe will prove to be more suitable for the task in hand than Unai Emery remains to be seen, but if nothing else we appear to be actually trying to alter our own destiny rather than relying on fate and the failings of others.

Three out of our next four games come at home, with Brentford, Norwich and Burnley all heading to Gallowgate. We'll know a lot more in a month after those - but free agent "Ed Adair" could have arrived with the new owners, or shortly after and be further down the road of trying to stop the rot here.

The lesson of the last relegation is that every second counts and had Rafa been in post even one game earlier in March 2016 - ironically the visit of Bournemouth to SJP - then we could have stayed up.

If nothing else though, we clawed points from Palace and Brighton under Jones that could be priceless. For all his warm words (and attempts to distance himself from Steve Bruce) quite where the interim boss fits into the new set-up remains a pertinent but as yet unanswered question. 

Biffa


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