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Season 2023-24
Brighton & Hove Albion (a) Premier League


Saturday 2nd September 2023, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Amex Stadium

Conditions: Disjointed


Brighton & Hove Albion



3 - 1





27 mins Nick Pope came out of his box to clear the ball but only succeeded in gifting it to Pervis Estupinan. The Ecuadorian set up Kaoru Mitoma to shoot from distance but the visiting custodian blocked that shot with his foot. 

Sandro Tonali then made a hash of his opportunity to clear and Billy Gilmour tried his luck but was denied by Pope. He spilled it into the path of Evan Ferguson who finished from close range. 0-1

Half time:  Seagulls 1 Newcastle 0

65 mins Gilmour fired the ball forward to Ferguson, who took a touch and turned into space before hitting an unstoppable curler from the edge of the area between Pope and his left hand post. 0-2

70 mins Gilmour found Mitoma and at the end of his run forward he laid the ball to Ferguson, who again had time to take a touch and shoot from just outside the box. Fabian Schar half turned his back and lifted a lazy leg to block but the ball hit his other thigh and left Pope flat-footed.

The Irish teenager became the first player to bag a PL treble against Newcastle since Ferran Torres of Manchester City in May 2021 but he's not the youngest to have done so - Michael Owen was 58 days his junior when grabbing a hat-trick for Liverpool at SJP in August 1998.

Ferguson is only the second Seagull to score three goals in a match against the Magpies: Bryan Wade grabbed all four in a 4-2 win over us at the Goldstone Ground back in January 1991.  0-3

90+3 mins A ball curled over top by Sean Longstaff fell into Callum Wilson's path and he was able to evade the challenge of Jan Paul van Hecke before poking the ball past Bart Verbruggen. 1-3

Full time: Seagulls 3 Newcastle 1

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"I thought it was a good start from the team, we were bright in the early stages and we had a couple of really good chances to score. When you come here and you get those moments you need to take them - we didnt.

"Uncharacteristic goals to concede today. The first one was disappointing for us and thats always key in a game.

"The second one was a shock to the system because at that moment it was a very even game and I sort of felt that they didnt really cut us open. I think a 3-1 scoreline is damaging for us but I dont think it reflected the whole game.

Its never been lost on me how difficult the Premier League is:
I know how tough a league it is, its ruthless, so if you get your focus swayed, youre going to have big problems I dont think our focus has been.

"Weve tried to very much concentrate on our next match, that will always be our focus and were determined to be successful in the league this year and win as many games as possible.

"But we know the demands placed upon us are going to be extreme so this is a warning, I think, that we cant be swayed and the Premier League is a very tough division.

"Weve lost three in a row and we have to take responsibility for that. Its important that I dont over-react. Id like a game pretty quickly, if I could. We have some great games to come and were looking forward to that challenge.

"I think the challenge to me is to lift everybody and keep our confidence levels because we are a very good team and we have to always have that in the back of our minds as we go into the next two weeks.

"The lads are very disappointed. Collectively weve got an outstanding group of individuals, great mentalities and we know what weve got to do."

On recent signing Lewis Hall - on the bench for the first time today:

"Lewis is building his fitness up Id say so there was no temptation to start him because he has started at zero with us really having not played pre-season. Were building him up nicely and hes doing very well.

They Said


Roberto De Zerbi said:

I am happy for the reaction after the defeat to West Ham because we didnt deserve to lose that game. We didnt play a great game against West Ham but I think it was enough to win. We were unlucky.

"Today we played one of the best games in my time because we have to consider the opponent and the opponent is one of the best in the Premier League. Incredibly physical.

We are working a lot. We are having a lot of meetings to speak about the details on the pitch. The second goal was fantastic because we worked on that situation.

When the ball is with the centre back, he has to find the right position, the right body shape, the player between the lines has to move in the right way, they have to keep the right position.

"Its fantastic when you can see your work and the improvement of the players during the game.

On his hat-trick hero:

"I'm happy for him
(Evan Ferguson) today, not just for the goals. Pleased for his performance, especially in the first half. He found the right positions. Newcastle defended 4-4-1, and there was space for him. He understood where the space was. He is working to complete his qualities.

"He can become big, big, big. His qualities are enough to become a great player. He can become one of the best, the top scorer in Europe. He was born in 2004, he's 18. I don't know how many players are young, that score like him.

"It's normal for Brighton to sell players. Important thing for Brighton is not to keep but to find the replacement. This is the right work we need to do."



Eddie Howe saw his side lose their third successive Premier League game - the third time that has happened while Magpies boss (Leicester away 0-4, Liverpool away 1-3, Manchester City home 0-4 in December 2021 and 0-1 Chelsea away, 0-1 Everton away, 1-5 Spurs away in March 2022).

The Magpies remain winless at the Seagulls in the
PL after seven attempts; those visits have brought four draws and three defeats.

Newcastle's tenth visit to the Amex Stadium in all competitions saw them find the net for the fifth time here - and every one of those goals were scored at the North End of the ground.

Callum Wilson netted his 40th PL goal for Newcastle on the occasion of his 79th game. 60 starts brought him 34 strikes with the remaining four including today coming during his 19 sub outings. 

He occupies sixth place in the club's PL scoring list: 

Callum Wilson 40
Les Ferdinand 41
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
(OG 48)
Alan Shearer 148

After wearing black and white in their opening three PL games, Newcastle donned their green change kit for the first time in a competitive senior game.

Seagulls v NUFC - all time:

2023/24 lost 1-3 Wilson (PL)
2022/23 drew 0-0 (PL)
drew 1-1 Hayden (PL)
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)



On a ground where their only pleasurable visit came in the Championship, those Newcastle fans undaunted by train strikes and ticketing tribulations saw their side again struggle to contain an adventurous home side who ultimately won this game with something to spare. 

For once though it could have been a rather different story at the Amex for the Magpies, who wasted several goalscoring chances in the opening half - Alexander Isak culpable twice in the opening three minutes as his side attacked the away end.

A deflected effort from Miggy Almiron then kept the pressure on as Brighton resolutely continued to play out from the back as they had when beaten 4-1 on Tyneside back in May. While their attempts to draw United forward and play through them at speed brought no tangible success though, some slack defending by the visitors ultimately gift-wrapped a trio of goals for Roberto De Zerbi's lot.   

Early optimism that Eddie Howe's side would buck the trend of moribund displays on this ground and channel their energies into moving on from the Liverpool setback melted away though, after an unwise clearance from Nick Pope began a chain of events culminating in Albion's opener. 

Teenage striking sensation Evan Ferguson was in the right place to grab the eighth top-flight goal of his career and by the end of his shift the ninth and tenth had followed after he was allowed to roam across our box and pull the trigger - one a fine finish, the other coming with an element of fortune. 

A performance that had disturbing similarities to our last away defeat - 0-3 at Villa Park in April - saw similar uneasiness at the back and a lack of spark in midfield; although the former could at least be partly explained by the absence of ankle injury victim Sven Botman today.

That enforced change aside, the same 10 players that lined up in the opening three games kept their places here; Matt Targett brought in at left back as Dan Burn partnered Fabian Schar. 

A treble substitution at 0-1 saw messrs Wilson, Longstaff and Anderson replace Joelinton, Almiron and Tonali, but Albion were crucially 2-0 up before the revised line-up were up to speed. 

That added to the evident discontent from some that the struggling Targett and Bruno Guimaraes stayed on, while Burn as uncomfortable as he'd been on last year's visit to his former club. 

0-3 down, o
nly a late finish from Callum Wilson gave the away support anything to shout about, but by then they were making their own entertainment with a spirited and lengthy rendition of current terrace favourite "Is this the way to Barcelona...."   

That strike was far too late to make any impression on the outcome; Brighton close to restoring their three goal advantage before the full time whistle sounded after seven additional minutes.

A third successive loss left United floundering in fourteenth with three points from four games. They were defeated just five times in the Premier League in the whole of last season.

Having failed to master the threat of Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton, the need to begin collecting points again grows ever greater although that start could hardly have been tougher given our poor recent record in the corresponding fixtures. That act may have been slightly lost amid the general post-match anguish, but we looked uncharacteristically off the pace today. 

Howe may have spoken about wanting to play another game straight away, but it's perhaps timely that the international break allows him to reflect on the season so far. It was a year ago that we lost the services of Isak while training with Sweden - with news of a delay in Joe Willock's comeback, we really could do with those away with their countries remaining injury-free. Thankfully Botman's absence today meant that he was spared duty with the Dutch.

After an exciting week of exotic cup draws, global TV exposure and lucrative sponsorship reveals, today was a sharp reminder that our bread and butter remains the 38 game domestic campaign.

Never mind AC Milan, it's games against Brentford, Sheffield United and Burnley that will really shape our season.


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