Date: Saturday 21st September 2019, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
Cheapest tickets £35
Brighton & HA
0 - 0
Half time: Magpies 0 Seagulls 0
Full time: Magpies 0 Seagulls 0
"What I want you to do, is get me out of
Steve Bruce said:
"We had a difficult first half and we knew Brighton base
their game on possession, especially in their own half, and we didn’t really
sort it out until half time.
[Friday might have been a better time to sort it out if Bruce
knew how Brighton played....]
"We made a tactical change after 30 minutes that stemmed the tide a bit
but it wasn’t until we got them in at half-time we got a grip on them.
"We were pressing them in areas we shouldn’t have been trying to get
after them and until, we changed in second half, we made it a little bit too
easy for them... and they played round us and through us too easily.
"The Achilles heel is that we have to take big chances when we get them.
"We couldn't wait to get them in at half-time. We didn't deal with
Brighton who kept the ball very well and they made it a difficult evening for
us. We got away with one.
“I'm not aware of any injuries. We’re in tomorrow and I’ll have a
run down with the doctor. There’s one or two with a few knocks but, how
serious, I don’t know.
"What I’ve learnt is that we can’t leave ourselves open and try and
get after teams because people will play through us - that’s what I’ve
learnt. There’s a certain way the whole group has played and I can
Fabian Schar didn't pull his punches:
"We played a s*** game - what can I say? We were lucky to get a point.
But we played a bad game, that's it. We move on to the next game, but we have
to improve on this."
Graham Potter said:
"I thought we played well and the
performance was good. It’s a point away from home and a difficult place
to come. We’re at the start of a process and need to keep moving
"We’ve made a good start, but that’s all it is - a start. It’s the
Premier League so you have to get results.
"We’ve performed well in all our games but it’s the toughest league in
the world. Hopefully the results will come.
"We’re disappointed because
we came away from home, created some good opportunities but didn’t score the
goal, which is always the most difficult thing to do in football. But if we can
maintain and improve the performance levels, then I think that final part comes.
“There’s sometimes a little bit of luck
involved. The more you get into the final third, the more you can develop your
final-third attacking play.
“We’ve been competitive in all of the
games so far — we just need to take that next step.”
On Schar's clearance:
"It looked like it was in from where I was but apparently it was a few
Albion in Toon - all-time:
2019/20 drew 0-0
2018/19 lost 0-1
2017/18 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)
The Ashley era - NUFC after PL 6 games:
2007/08: 11 points, 5th (scored 9, conceded 5)
2008/09: 4 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 11)
2010/11: 7 points, 10th (scored 9, conceded 8)
2011/12: 12 points, 4th (scored 7, conceded 3)
2012/13: 9 points, 9th (scored 8, conceded 8)
2013/14: 7 points, 16th (scored 7, conceded 11)
2014/15: 3 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 12)
2015/16: 2 points, 19th (scored 3, conceded 9)
2017/18: 9 points, 9th (scored 6, conceded 5)
2018/19: 2 points, 18th (scored 4, conceded 8)
2019/20: 5 points, 17th (scored 4, conceded 8)
Games before first PL home win was achieved:
1: 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07,
2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13
2: 1993/94, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2017/18
3: 1998/99, 2004/05
4: 1999/00, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2014/15
?? 2019/20 (3+ and counting)
Andy Carroll made his first appearance for the club since a 0-2 loss
away at Spurs in December 2010. He's the sixth player to appear
in the Premier League for Newcastle in two separate spells:
Tommy Wright (left in 1993, returned in 1999)
Robbie Elliott (left in 1997, returned in 2001)
Lee Clark (left in 1997, returned in 2005)
Nolberto Solano (left in 2004, returned in 2005)
Pavel Srnicek (left in 1998, returned in 2006)
Andy Carroll (left in 2011, returned in 2019)
maiden top-flight victory over Brighton continues to elude Newcastle; this stalemate
a fifth unsuccessful attempt to beat the Seagulls in the Premier League.
Such was the poorness of United's play for 75 minutes though that they barely
deserved the point they gained - and Albion will wonder just how they
failed to win here for a second season in a row.
The visitors dominated possession from the off and had an effort deflected
onto the home crossbar on 18 minutes, coming close to scoring three times in
quick succession before the half hour mark.
A Magpies side with one change from that beaten a week ago at Liverpool (Emil
Krafth making way for Javier Manquillo) remained in panic mode; jittery and
displaying a complete lack of composure.
That was evident when Miguel Almiron burst into the box but hammered his shot
straight at the goalkeeper on 21 minutes - a rare sight of goal for a United
who gave the impression of never having met each other before today, never
mind played together.
That 50/50 balls weren't won was frustrating; that many weren't
even contested was completely unacceptable. Pass and move is an alien concept;
aimless forward punts the limit of our creativity.
The malaise began with a succession of under-hit clearances from Martin
Dubravka and spread across the pitch; Albion making light of our attempts to
pack midfield as they strode upfield - and perhaps even got too many players
forward in their haste to score.
We were certainly in no mood to exploit any gaps that appeared: supposedly
over-regimented and unadventurous under their former
manager, this motley crew today were just aimless and anarchic.
Booed off at the interval, the second period saw no changes in personnel and
little discernible uplift in performance; Christian Atsu firing wide in the
first seconds of play and Almiron ending his run with a tame finish that the
goalkeeper easily gathered.
With time ebbing away and Brighton lacking their earlier poise, Steve Bruce
made a double switch and brought on Allan Saint-Maximin and Ki. That instantly saw us raise our game and rouse the crowd from their slumbers,
but it was Albion's replacement Aaron Connolly who came close to opening the
scoring - denied only by an acrobatic goal line clearance from Fabian Schar.
Newcastle played their get out of jail card on 82 minutes, Andy Carroll leave the bench to great acclaim for a first game in our colours
since December 2010.
Sadly though that was to be the loudest cheer of the afternoon and there was
no fairy tale finish despite six minutes of added time; one late cross from
Saint-Maximin on the left seemingly destined for Carroll's head before a
The desire that had been so desperately missing for the majority of the game
was evident in those closing stages, Saint-Maximin asking questions of the
Brighton defence for the first time and Ki's mastery of the basics instantly
making him more valuable than the listless Shelvey. It's fair to say that Matt
Ritchie's reputation is sky-rocketing during his enforced absence.
The late fight shown though cannot obscure our earlier shortcomings - and the fact
that we've scored just once in three home league games thus far. Without
becoming a slave to statistics, it's worth repeating that we managed less than
29% possession today; less than a Watford side who conceded eight goals without
reply at Manchester City earlier in the day....
Six games in and we as fans have no idea what our best XI is or what the formations
and tactics should best be deployed. More worryingly, it appears that the
players and coaches are similarly in the dark. The first half reshuffle
from a back five to back four followed a bemused Isaac Hayden making his way to
the touchline and telling Bruce - and the adjacent pressbox that "this
If the training ground really is buzzing, as Sports Direct acolyte Kevin Nolan
claimed recently, then pest control should be informed without delay.
There were decent players on the field today and good ones still to come back
in; but at this point in time, our team is a good deal less than the sum of its parts
- and failing to get anything like value for money from their two record
Time is a luxury we just cannot afford however; Steve Bruce's assertion that
we've had a decent start given the "big" teams faced ignoring the
fact they've been completely unconvincing against allegedly lesser opponents
so far this season.
Going back to statistics and after six games, we're better off in points terms
than in three of our last four Premier League seasons, only one of which
resulted in relegation.
Unfortunately the evidence of people's eyes from their stand seat or pub stool tells a different story. There's an almost total lack of confidence on and
off the pitch. A minority of fans may not want us to succeed, but increasing
numbers don't believe we will - or no longer care either way.