Neal Maupay beat Karl
Darlow from the spot at the Gallowgate End after Allan Saint-Maximin had caught
Tariq Lamptey in the area. 0-1
7 mins Another foray down the right bore fruit for Brighton, as Leandro Trossard's
centre was clipped home by Maupay - surviving a VAR check for
offside after a linesman's flag had initially been raised. 0-2
Half time: Magpies 0 Seagulls
83 mins Maupay's run misled the home
defence and Aaron Connolly took advantage of hesitation by Jamaal Lascelles to flight home a fine effort.
Full time: Magpies 0 Seagulls
Steve Bruce commented:
"Weíve been beaten badly at home: we have to accept we
werenít good enough. Thatís what it is.
"When you're 2-0 down after seven minutes then it becomes difficult
against a team who base their style on possession
(answers on a postcard what we base ours on...)
"We were better when we made from the change but I think it would have
been unfair (not to start with Andy Carroll) after the performance he
had last week.
"It's over before we have kicked a ball basically. It was a really difficult afternoon for us. We gave
ourselves a mountain to climb. We've gifted them the first two goals
- when you start like that it'll be a difficult afternoon.
"We changed formation at half-time and it helped us slightly,
but we couldn't recover from an awful 10 minutes. The penalty was
dubious. It looked soft.
"We never gave ourselves a chance. We've gone from having a
decent week where everyone is positive to throwing in a hand
"They were better than us and ran it from start to finish. Since
I've been here it's like this.... we've got to be better than we
"I'm delighted with the start. It reflects the attitude the players have
had all week. To keep a clean sheet and score three goals, creating a few more
opportunities and limiting our opponents to not much was positive.
delighted for the players. It's good to get up and running in the
"Everybody has been telling me that
weíre light up front, but weíve got some young talent coming through
that can get better and improve and weíre obviously pleased for Neal
scoring the goals and Aaron alongside him.
ď"It was a really good team performance, itís not
really fair or right to single anyone out, it was just a good performance
with spirit, character and quality.Ē
"He's so refreshing to work with. He threatens the back line with
such pace but he also the desire to do it. He's a fantastic boy who
wants to improve and help the team.
"He's a breath of fresh air since he
has come in and I am delighted for him."
On Yves Bissouma's dismissal for his high boot (pictured
"We were pretty much perfect apart
from the red card at the end Ė thatís the only thing we can be unhappy
about, but three points away from home is fantastic.
"I couldnít see the
challenge from where I was and I havenít seen it back. I donít think there
will be any intent from Yves, so if itís violent, itís violent.
"It's the one disappointing bit of the game. We're
3-0 up, there's no need for Yves to hurt the player - he's not that type
of player anyway."
Following 1-3 defeats by Spurs and Liverpool last
season, Newcastle conceded three goals at home for a third successive
game - the first time that they have done so in the Premier
League and lost*.
(*That has happened previously in the PL, but Newcastle didn't lose all
three: beating Manchester City 4-3 before losing 1-4 to Fulham and
1-3 to Manchester United during the 2004/05 season).
Newcastle haven't conceded two goals within the first seven minutes
of any game since an ill-fated trip to White Hart Lane during
Benoit Assou-Ekotto fired home on four minutes and after six minutes
Tim Krul beaten again by Louis Saha. It ended 0-5 to Spurs.
In terms of home games only, one has to go back to February 2011,
when Arsenal raced into a two goal lead thanks to efforts by Theo
Walcott (1 min) and Johan Djourou (3 mins). That rather improbably ended
in a 4-4 draw.
Steve Bruce took charge of his 20th PL home game and endured his
sixth defeat. Of the other 14, Newcastle won six and drew the remaining
Scoring 20 goals in those 20 games, United conceded 24. Managing seven
clean sheets, they failed to find the net six times.
First PL home game results:
2020/21 Brighton lost 0-3
2019/20 Arsenal lost 0-1
2018/19 Spurs lost 1-2
2017/18 Spurs lost 0-2
2015/16 Southampton drew 2-2
2014/15 Manchester City lost 0-2
2013/14 West Ham drew 0-0
2012/13 Spurs won 2-1
2011/12 Arsenal drew 0-0
2010/11 Aston Villa won 6-0
2008/09 Bolton Wanderers won 1-0
2007/08 Aston Villa drew 0-0
2006/07 Wigan Athletic won 2-1
2005/06 West Ham drew 0-0
2004/05 Spurs lost 0-1
2003/04 Manchester United lost 1-2
2002/03 West Ham won 4-0
2001/02 mackems drew 1-1
2000/01 Derby County won 3-2
1999/00 Aston Villa lost 0-1
1998/99 Charlton Athletic drew 0-0
1997/98 Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1
1996/97 Wimbledon won 2-0
1995/96 Coventry City won 3-0
1994/95 Coventry City won 4-0
1993/94 Spurs lost 0-1
Ryan Fraser became the 244th player to represent the
club in the Premier League and the ninth Scottish-born one, after
Alex Mathie, Stephen Glass, Paul Dalglish, Garry Brady, Duncan
Ferguson, Kevin Gallacher, Brian Kerr, and Steve Caldwell - the last
debuting back in September 2000.
(Grant Hanley and Stuart Findlay subsequently played for the club
outside the top flight, while English-born Scottish international
Matt Ritchie is a current PL squad member).
Seagulls @ SJP - all-time:
2020/21 lost 0-3
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)
It was a case of new faces but familiar failings for Newcastle on
Sunday, comprehensively beaten in their opening home league fixture
of the season.
Just three minutes were on the clock when Neal Maupay beat Karl
Darlow from the penalty spot after Allan Saint-Maximin had caught
the rapid Tariq Lamptey in the area.
All four of United's outfield signings made home debuts, but were
unable to retrieve an awful start in which they conceded
again after seven minutes.
Visiting striker Maupay - once a team mate of Saint-Maximin at
St.Etienne - doubled his tally from close range to stun home players
and coaches alike. Had fans been admitted, the rush to the bar or
exits would have begun.
Albion's all-blue shirts and white shorts were reminiscent of south
coast rivals Portsmouth and their rapid-fire start
summoned up memories of Pompey's rampage here back in November 2007.
The visitors were three goals ahead within 11 minutes that day and
Brighton could easily have emulated that feat here, cutting through
United at will.
Steve Bruce named an unchanged side from the opening day win at West
Ham, but his 4-4-2 formation proved completely ineffective against a
Brighton side light years ahead of the cumbersome Hammers.
Saint-Maximin was pinpointed in the media pre-game as pivotal, but
was heavily involved in a negative sense: conceding the penalty, failing to track back thereafter and then going
off with what looked like an ankle injury. The latter came some time
after swapping wings with Jeff Hendrick in
an attempt to block Brighton's frequent raids down their right.
The front pairing of Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson simply had
nothing to work with; none of the midfielders capable of getting
forward in possession and set pieces laughably bad - Jonjo Shelvey
the prime offender, predictably and perpetually pumping wayward passes into the goalkeeper's
Lucky to be trailing by just two at half time, Miguel Almiron
appeared for the restart but things scarcely improved: the only
moment of danger his 63rd minute cross for Wilson. Despite having
clear sight of goal however - and a record of scoring against
Brighton - he couldn't get his header on target
Having destroyed United with their precise passing and movement,
Albion began to give the hosts a lesson in direct play; Aaron
Connolly striking one post before the linesman's flag was raised and
Trossard then rattling the goal frame from far further out 90
A late third goal did follow, when Maupay's run misled the home
defence and Connolly took advantage of hesitation by Jamaal
Lascelles to flight home a fine effort. That margin of victory
though - Brighton's joint biggest on the road in the PL - was the
least they deserved; it should have been more.
Both sides ended the game with 10 men after Yves Bissouma
accidentally but recklessly caught Jamal Lewis full in the face with
VAR saw an initial yellow card upgraded to a red, the bleeding Lewis
going off for treatment and all three of Newcastle's substitutes
After the hype and needless rush to judgement that accompanied last
week's victory, the reality is that normal service resumed here for
The enforced emptying of grounds due to the pandemic has saved Bruce
from receiving what would be increasing levels of personal abuse
from supporters, rightly dismayed by the woeful home form. Being
rubbished on social media isn't quite as telling to a
The stark facts are that this outcome extended our winless home league run to six games and
it's now seven games since we began a top-flight campaign with three
points on home soil.
Newcastle have failed to win any of their seven top-flight meetings
with Brighton and managed just a single goal during that run. We
didn't have a shot on target today.
The differences between the sides were startlingly clear: Brighton equally effective
in different formations, while we struggled with the basics, like
running, tackling and passing. Comfortable in possession? you jest
And while we were as muddled as in the corresponding 0-0 draw here
last year, Brighton had worked on their weaknesses and generally improved : this result extending their unbeaten away
record to eight games since January.
The worry is that there are more and more "progressive" sides in the
league this season like Albion and less opportunity of us going toe to toe with
other "traditionalists" aka hoofers. And you know what
happens to dinosaurs...
Integrating Ryan Fraser and getting him to rekindle that
understanding with Wilson is of paramount importance, if we're not
to repeat last season's goal drought. It was
actually a blessing not getting in to witness this tripe.