Joselu retained Benitez’s faith up front despite his hat-trick of misses against his former club the previous weekend, primarily due to the fact the United boss likes his forward’s all-round game.
Goals may not be flowing for Joselu - perhaps unsurprisingly given that he cost United just £5million during the summer - but his hard work and ability to offer Newcastle a focal point ensured he retained his place in the starting XI.
But, despite all the positive work he may do out of possession and away from his finishing, his lack of a clinical touch in front of goal remains a concern.
The 27-year-old wasted a glorious chance to add to his three sitters from the week before midway through the first half. Ayoze Perez fizzed in a dangerous low cross, Brighton’s defence deflected the ball towards Joselu, who hit a shot just past the far post on the turn from four yards out.
In his defence, the German-born Spaniard was unsighted, but he should still have hit the target at the very least from such point-blank range.
This was always likely to be the main concern about a player who cost just £5m and whose record over the past few years is far from prolific, but if he is to stay in the team ahead of Dwight Gayle then Joselu simply must start taking some of these opportunities.
Eventually such profligacy was going to cost United - and, on the south coast, it did.