Brighton 1 Newcastle 0

Last updated : 25 September 2017 By Footy Mad - Editor


Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba (Gámez 83'), Hayden (Shelvey 68'), Merino, Ritchie, Pérez, Atsu, Joselu (Gayle 71')
Subs: Murphy, Diamé, Manquillo, Darlow

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Brighton edged out Newcastle United to record their second successive home Premier League victory.

The hosts scored when Pascal Gross' free-kick was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked the ball in from six yards out.

Newcastle, who had won their past three league matches, had chances, but Mikel Merino's volley was pushed wide by Mat Ryan, Joselu twice missed when well placed, and substitute Jonjo Shelvey hit a post direct from a corner.

Victory lifted the Seagulls to 13th in the table, while Newcastle dropped to ninth.

Newcastle had more possession, more shots and more attempts on target, but Rafael Benitez's side could not force an equaliser.

Substitutes Jesus Gamez and Dwight Gayle had efforts late on, but the former shot wide and the latter's attempt was saved by Ryan.

Newcastle, buoyed by the 68th-minute arrival of England midfielder Shelvey, forced several corners as they piled on the pressure, but they could not get past a Brighton defence in which Lewis Dunk, Stephens and Bruno excelled.

Watched by an Amex Stadium record crowd of 30,468, Chris Hughton's team claimed their second victory of the season following the 3-1 success over West Brom on 9 September.

There was some wayward shooting from both sides in the first half, with Brighton's Anthony Knockaert (11) and Newcastle's Ayoze Perez (17) both finding the corner flag.

This was a meeting of the teams who finished in the top-two spots in the championship last season, with Newcastle winning the title by one point on the final day.

Both teams will be pleased with how they have performed in the opening six games at the higher level.

Brighton have seven points, two fewer than Newcastle, who have won three and lost three, although Magpies boss Benitez will feel this was a missed opportunity.

In only the second minute, Merino's shot from outside the area brought a good save from Ryan and Joselu - who joined in a £5m move from Stoke in August - twice should have done better but poked wide from six yards out then glanced a header off target.

After Brighton took the lead in the 51st minute, they had a chance to double their advantage, but Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot produced a fine save to deny Solly March.

The away side dominated from that point on, but Benitez's side was frustrated by a robust Brighton defence.

Benitez was unhappy with the Brighton goal, feeling Chancel Mbemba was fouled and referee Andre Marriner should have penalised the home side.

"It was a block, an illegal block," said the Spaniard. "You cannot argue too much but it is very difficult to understand some things.

"They pushed my players. I am not happy with the way we conceded.

"At the end we had the control. Credit to them because they did well in the first half. We passed the ball a little better, they were defending more because they were winning.

"I was happy before the game and not so happy after the game. It is a long way to go so we have to keep going and keep improving."

Newcastle players were unhappy with an 89th-minute incident during which they claimed Hemed had stamped on the ankle of DeAndre Yedlin.

Hughton defended his player and said any contact would have been accidental.

"My very first impression is there was no intent," said the former Newcastle manager. "There has been contact but my first impression is no intent and knowing the individual I would say no intent."

A second successive victory at the Amex Stadium is a significant boost for the league's newcomers, and Hughton believes it is important for his players to believe they belong among the elite of the English game.

"Psychologically it's important for us," added the former Tottenham defender. "We'll go into the Arsenal game the way we go into every game, looking for a result. But we know it'll be tougher. Anything you can get from that is a bonus.

"If we do things well and to the best of our abilities, we can compete with a group of teams. But we have to play at a good enough level to do that."

Both teams next play in the Premier League on Sunday, 1 October, with Brighton away at Arsenal (12:00 BST), while Newcastle play Liverpool at home (16:30 BST).