Date: Saturday 6th November 2021, 5.30pm
Live on BT Sport
Venue: Amex Stadium
Brighton & Hove Albion
1 - 1
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.
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
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.
Half time: Seagulls 1 Magpies 0
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.
Seagulls 1 Magpies 1
Graeme Jones took charge of his third and final game and
"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
"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
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.
"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
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
"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.
"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.”
Graham Potter said:
"We didn't have the points before the game so it's a point gained.
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
"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
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."
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
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
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
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.
Certain times stick in the mind when the act of watching
this lot becomes almost melodramatic; tonight at around 6.50pm being one of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.