Newcastle United left the Amex stadium with a lonely point after a goalless draw where they hoped to finally win against Brighton in the Premier League.
Dwight Gayle, Newcastle, gave his side the closest opportunity to open the deadlock but nothing came from it as it whistled over the bar in the first half
Newcastle, who followed three back-to-back defeats, opted for a defensive 4-4-1-1 formation as they looked to redeem themselves from their previous games. However, he switched it up in the second half as he opted for an offensive formation.
Both teams looked desperate to get the first goal in the game. However, it was Brighton who seemed to play in a more organised effort as their striker, Neal Maupay, almost broke the deadlock after a corner early on in the first half.
Nevertheless, the shot was classed offside for the striker while the Newcastle defense added extra security as they blocked the incoming shot.
In the run up to the first drinks break of the game, Brighton looked more dangerous compared to the Newcastle side, who seemed a bit more unorganised. The Tyneside based squad seemed to be more hectic when they were off the ball as they looked to out of formation, occasionally, to stop goal-threatening attacks.
45′ +2 Dwight Gayle, Newcastle, gave the magpies the closest opportunity to break the deadlock after a corner was flung in the dying minutes of the first half. This allowed the striker to sprint into the center of the box and he connected his head to the flying ball. However, it whistled over the crossbar as it bounced on the top of the Brighton net.
Half time: Newcastle 0 – Brighton 0
Third yellow card for the Brighton side as Newcastle looked to have an attacking chance early on in the second half, after Gayle charged along the right wing. However, he was tripped by Brighton’s Dale Stephens to stop the play. Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma and Matt Richie, Newcastle, were the remaining players to also gain a yellow card in the first half.
58′ Brighton brought on the first substitutions of the game as both Adam Webster and Aaron Mooy to make way for Solly March and Alexis Mac Allister. However, two minutes later, Newcastle looked to be the victim of the first injury of the game as Emile Krafth limped off towards the sideline. Fortunately, Krafth was able to return to the game.
As the players went off for their final drinks break, Newcastle seemed to improve compared to their first half against Brighton. They seemed to be more composed as a squad and threatened the home side’s back four from time to time. On the other hand, relegation-threatened, Hove Albion seemed to play more defensive in the manner of being able to hold out for a point by the end of the game.
73′ Both teams made substitutions as they looked to break the deadlock as Glenn Murray and Davy Propper came on for Brighton’s Gross and Maupay. While, Newcastle forwards, Allen Saint-Maximin and Gayle made way for Andy Carroll and Joelinton.
76′ With plenty of space, Webster smashed it towards goal from outside the box as he hoped to get on the scoresheet. Nevertheless, as the ball began to dip down towards the Newcastle’s top-left corner, Martin Dubravka was able to get his hand to it.
85′ Shane Duffy was brought on as Brighton’s final sub to be swapped for Tariq Lamptey. In addition, Newcastle’s Valentino Lazaro was brought on for Miguel Almiron.
It was a close call for Newcastle as Carroll looked to score the last minute winner, after cross flew in from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner kick. However, nothing came to fruition in the dying minutes of the game while the ball took a visit into the stands.
Full-time: Newcastle 0 – Brighton 0