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Season 2021-22
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) Premier League


Saturday 5th March 2022, 3.00pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Resilient



 Brighton & Hove Albion


2 - 1





12 mins An attack down the Albion left was broken up by Joe Willock and his ball forward to Chris Wood saw the big striker turn and then send Jacob Murphy through on goal.

As Robert Sanchez came off his line Murphy clipped the ball over the 'keeper but it hit the far post
. Happily it fell nicely for Ryan Fraser to find the corner of the Leazes net, passing the wrong-footed Joel Veltman on the line. 1-0

14 mins Jacob Murphy was barged over on the United right by Leandro Trossard at the expense of a free kick whipped across by Fraser. Fabian Schar was at the near post to bullet a header into the corner of the goal which Sanchez was unable to stop despite getting a hand to it. 2-0

Half time: Magpies 2 Seagulls 0

55 mins A corner from the Brighton left was swung into the six yard box by Pascal Gross and Lewis Dunk had the simple task of nodding the ball into the unguarded centre of the goal with Martin Dubravka nowhere near the ball. Way too easy. 2-1

Full time: Magpies 2 Seagulls 1

We Said


Six years to the day that he was at SJP to see his Bournemouth side humiliate a gutless Newcastle 3-1, Eddie Howe said:

"We've got a really difficult run of games - we've got four away games, which I think for any team in the Premier League is very difficult, and also they are four difficult opponents, so today was very important.

"I saw the players in the dressing room afterwards and it's a good sign. They're pleased, but they're not over the top in how they are feeling. They know we are still in the midst of a very important spell.

"We've come from a long way back and we had a lot of work to do. I remember sitting here after the Watford game at home and we realised we needed to win matches, draws weren't going to be good enough for us.

"But the players have committed to everything - again today physically, the shift they put in out of possession was huge, so the spirit and the resolve needed is there.

"There could have been improvements in our performance today, but at the moment, it's all about the results for us and it was another good one.

"In terms of result, itís absolutely fantastic for us. We said pre-game nothing has changed and that we are still in a relegation fight. We still are.

"I have a lot of respect for Brighton. They are a tough opponent. We knew we would be tactically tested.

"We showed mental toughness, especially at 2-1. When they scored the game was very much in the balance but we handled it well. We defended well and put our bodies on the line and did the nasty stuff really well.

"We have got a lot of work to do to be where we want to be. I am very realistic and I know how quickly football can change.

"The supporters have been unbelievable. Today, we needed them to help us over the line. I cannot thank them enough.

"To go any length of games unbeaten is good because you are only one match away from a difficult game. What we did have to do is defend really well and when it went 2-1 we did that.

"There has been some growth in the team. All I ask is the players give me everything.

"The fans knew the importance of the game and they helped us. The atmosphere was incredible. The only disappointing thing for me is we don't have a game at home now for a few weeks.

"Iím really pleased to see the supporters enjoying themselves and so happy, but it was a tough game which came down to how well we did out of possession and, no, I donít think weíre safe. Weíre still in a relegation battle.Ē

On Ryan Fraser:

"I donít know
(if he'll be OK for Thursday) Iíll have to speak to him. I think there are a few boys in the dressing room that are nursing little things today.

"You saw a few of them stretching on the pitch. It must have been a big, physical effort for us, so there were a few players right on the edge.

"Hopefully Ryan will be OK but I donít know.Ē

On Dan Burn:

"Itís never easy to play against your old club, but, please excuse the pun, Dan Burn was a giant.Ē

On the group celebration photos:

"It is something we do to foster the enjoyment of winning. That sounds silly but you have to enjoy these moments because they are rare. It is something we did way back in the Bournemouth days without the press taking too much interest back then. It is just part of the culture we are trying to create here.

"We are in it together, players, staff, injured players, fit players, subs, everyone plays a huge role. We are all in, not just 11 players. We are just trying to recognise that moment in time because we all get old very quickly weíve just had that memory of that game and itís something to look back on.

"Hopefully, the run they have been on has built confidence whereby they feel good running out onto the pitch but we know if we drop our standards by even a couple of per cent, in the Premier League, you will get punished.

"With this run we have to come, we have to remain very focused."

We mustn't stop meeting like this

They Said


Graham Potter said: 

"Performance-wise we did a lot well, I would say, but football is about scoring one more goal than the opponent and that's what Newcastle did, so in that respect, no. We deserve what we get.

"From our perspective, it was a blow to go 2-0 down so quickly after starting the game well, the better team and then 2-0, we have to recover, which we did.

"We weren't great in the first half overall, but I thought we were probably the better team, and then second half we improved again and scored a good goal, pushed and pushed. But it wasn't to be."

On old boy Dan Burn:

"You know that players can come back and do well and everybody at Brighton connected with Dan would know what a great guy he is and we are pleased for him but disappointed today because we are on the receiving end of a defeat.

"It wasn't so long ago I was having to defend Dan Burn at Brighton. It is amazing how quickly things turn around."


Seagulls @ SJP - all-time:

2021/22 won 2-1 (PL) Fraser, Schar
lost 0-3 (PL)
2019/20 drew 0-0 (PL)
2018/19 lost 0-1 (PL)
2017/18 drew 0-0 (PL)
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey (Ch)
1991/92 lost 0-1 (D2)
1990/91 drew 0-0 (D2)
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn (D2)
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley (D2)
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder (D2)
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale (D2)
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

Newcastle finally beat Brighton in a top-flight match at the tenth attempt, following five draws and four losses. Messrs Fraser and Schar also struck to end a run of Albion clean sheets here in the PL that had reached four games.

Following wins over Everton and Aston Villa, United registered a third successive home PL victory - something they last achieved under Rafa Benitez back in the 2018/19 campaign.

Ryan Fraser netted a second PL goal for the club, third in all competitions.

Fabian Schar now has eight goals in a Newcastle shirt - all of them in the Premier League. His seventh was a penalty at Fulham in May 2021.

One has to go back to January 2007 to find the last time that Newcastle led 2-0 at SJP in the Premier League earlier than they did today.

That was a 3-1 win over Aston Villa prompted by a fifth minute opener from James Milner and Kieron Dyer's seventh minute effort. Just over a month earlier, Newcastle had beaten Spurs 3-1 at SJP, with Dyer on target after three minutes and Obafemi Martins doubling the lead on seven minutes.

Today's two goal advantage by the 14th minute was a fraction earlier than a 2-1 PL home success over West Ham in January 2016, achieved thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez (6) and Gini Wijnaldum (15).

The earliest two goal home lead in the PL for Newcastle remains what ended up as a 5-0 victory over Southampton in January 2000 when Duncan Ferguson struck in both the third and fourth minutes of play.

For completeness, the quickest 2-0 advantage we can find away from home in the PL came at West Bromwich Albion in January 2009, when goals from Damien Duff (2) and Peter Lovenkrands (9) set us up for a 3-0 success.

What ended up as a 2-3 loss at Old Trafford in October 2018 came a close second; Newcastle 2-0 up through Kenedy (7) and Yoshinori Muto (10).

A 4-0 success at Fulham in May 2019 meanwhile saw the Magpies race into a 2-0 lead through Jonjo Shelvey (9) and Salomon Rondon (11).

NUFC after 26 games - selected PL seasons:

2008/09 28 points, 14th, gd -9
2015/16 24 points, 18th, gd -22
2017/18 25 points, 16th, gd -12
2018/19 25 points, 16th, gd -12
2019/20 31 points, 13th, gd -16
2020/21 26 points, 17th, gd -17
2021/22 28 points, 14th, gd -16




Three minute hero

First half goals from Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar saw United extend their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday, inflicting their first-ever defeat on Brighton in the Premier League.

Both goals came within a three minute period, with the irrepressible Fraser key to both - the apex of a tenacious and committed display that brought to mind peak period Matt Ritchie.

The first followed a counter attack fashioned by Joe Willock and Chris Wood; Jacob Murphy sprinting clear of the visiting defence before attempting a chip similar to his effort at Watford earlier in the season. And although he cleared the goalkeeper this time round, his effort bounced back off the far post.

Despite the attentions of two defenders though, Fraser rushed in to bury the rebound and register his second Toon PL goal - scored from similar (close) range to his first against Everton last month.

And within three minutes Fraser had made his mark on the game once again; swinging over a free kick from out on the right hand touchline. That was met at the near post by Fabian Schar; Robert Sanchez getting a hand to what was a finely-judged header but failing to keep it out of his net.

Brighton looked to respond and Martin Dubravka did well to divert a shot over from Danny Welbeck, but United could have gone in 3-0 up had Murphy accepted the gift that was offered to him inside the box, instead of giving Sanchez a routine stop.

This was an uncomfortable watch from a home perspective for most of the game; Albion dominating possession, hassling our midfield and threatening to extend their unbeaten top-flight run here.

Despite enjoying a two-goal advantage at the interval, an unchanged United side were never able to dictate the play and nerves were evident after Lewis Dunk was left unguarded at a 55th minute corner, heading home easily to halve the arrears.

This season's Premier League away draw specialists, Brighton continued to attack down both flanks and forced further set pieces as they searched for further goals that looked increasingly inevitable.

The introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin after a two game absence with a calf issue lifted the noise levels and provided an out ball for his beleaguered colleagues; trademark runs into the box twice threatening what would have been a massive third goal.

It wasn't to come though but some dogged defending across the field - plus one heart-stopping moment when Bruno opted to dribble deep inside his own area - paid off as St. James' Park erupted with relief at the final whistle.

With a daunting run of four away games to come, victory here always seemed pivotal to our survival hopes - and thanks in no small part to our version of the little and large show, it was achieved: Fraser's feistiness at one end mirrored by Dan Burn's presence at the other - amplifying the demonstrable sense of loss felt by many Brighton fans when he came "home".

Given where we were at the turn of the year, to have remained unbeaten in the league and built up a seven point advantage over the 17th-placed side with 12 games left is an immense achievement.

It's not over yet of course; as Howe is only too aware and by the time we reconvene at Gallowgate in a month that points cushion
may be rather slimmer. The feeling that something special is happening here continues to grow - it's just not something that we're used to...


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