Newcastle frustrate Brighton in goalless draw
Kieran Trippier was able to clear Solly March’s effort in the first half before he crossed the goal line
Brighton were frustrated by Newcastle at the Amex Stadium in a goalless draw, meaning both sides are unbeaten after two games at the start of the new Premier League season.
The Seagulls took advantage of the best opportunities and nearly took the lead in the first half when Solly March’s goal-tying effort was cleared off the line – just – by setback Kieran Trippier.
Adam Lallana’s second-half header was cleared away by goalkeeper Nick Pope, who came back to the Magpies’ rescue soon after to prevent March from close range.
There was no respite for Newcastle in the closing stages as Joel Veltman’s shot deflected past former Brighton defender Dan Burn before being cleared from the goal line by Fabian Schar.
Pascal Gross then deflected Kaoru Mitoma’s low cross terribly wide as the hosts were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Other than a first-half Callum Wilson effort that was disallowed for a high boot, Newcastle struggled to create meaningful chances.
Burn, who started the game at left-back to make way for summer signing Sven Botman in central defence, sent a free header over the crossbar in the visitors’ best second-half opener.
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The seagulls kick the waste
Brighton’s intricate one-touch pass against Manchester United last Sunday was at times a joy to behold as Graham Potter’s side left Old Trafford with a well-deserved victory.
While their brand of football can be fun to watch, that doesn’t always translate into goals – Potter’s side managed just 19 in the league at the Amex last season, including seven in their two last home games.
Neal Maupay, Brighton’s top scorer last season, was left out of the matchday squad on Saturday as he continues to be linked with leaving the club.
The hosts will be disappointed not to have claimed three more points here after dominating the second half, but a combination of wayward finishing and good goalkeeping by Pope proved to be the Seagulls’ undoing.
Brighton might consider themselves a bit unfortunate after being denied not by one but two goal-line clearances, but Lallana and Gross should have done much better with their second-half opportunities.
Following his side’s comfortable home win against newly promoted Nottingham Forest last Saturday, Eddie Howe was hoping Newcastle could “impose their style” on a Brighton side who have never lost at home to the Magpies in the top flight.
The visitors had chances to hurt their opponents on the counterattack in the first half through Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, but the Magpies’ final ball often missed.
player of the match
with an average of 7.71
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Brighton & Hove AlbionAverageTeam number22Player nameMitomaAverage rating
Squad number25Player nameCaicedoAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameDunkAverage rating
Squad number7Player nameMarchAverage rating
Squad number11Player nameTrossardAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameLampteyAverage rating
Squad number34Player nameVeltmanAverage rating
Squad number18Player nameWelbeckAverage rating
Squad number13Player nameGroßAverage rating
Squad number10Player nameMac AllisterAverage rating
Squad number14Player nameLallanaAverage rating
Squad number1Player nameSánchezAverage rating
Squad number8Player nameMwepuAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameWebsterAverage rating
Newcastle UnitedAverageTeam number22Player namePopeAverage rating
Squad number2Player nameTrippierAverage rating
Squad number39Player nameBruno GuimarãesAverage rating
Squad number5Player nameSchärAverage rating
Squad number33Player nameBurnAverage rating
Squad number4Player nameBotmanAverage rating
Squad number24Player nameAlmirónAverage rating
Squad number7Player nameJoelintonAverage rating
Squad number9Player nameWilsonAverage rating
Squad number28Player nameWillockAverage rating
Squad number10Player nameSaint-MaximinAverage rating
Squad number36Player namesS LongstaffAverage rating
Squad number23Player nameMurphyAverage rating
Squad number20Player nameWoodAverage rating
- Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text
- 1Sánchez34Veltman5Dunk4Webster7MarsBooked at 58 minsReplaced by Mitomaat 75’minutes10Mac AllisterBooked at 34 mins25Caicedo11TrossardReplaced byLampteyat 75’minutes13Groß14LallanaReplaced byMwepuat 65’minutes18Welbeck
- 2Lamptey6Colwill8Mwepu17Alzate19Sarmiento21Undav22Mitoma23Steele29van Hecke
22Pope2Trippier5Schär4Botman33Burn28Willock39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura7Joelinton24Almirón9Wilson10Saint-Maximin
- 22Pape2Trippier5SchärBooked at 90 minutes4Botman33Burn28WillockReplaced byS Longstaffat 76’minutes39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura7JoelintonBooked at 58 mins24Almirón9WilsonReplaced byWoodat 87’minutes10Saint-MaximinBooked at 22 minsReplaced byMurphyat 75’minutes
- 1Dúbravka3Dummett6Lascelles11Ritchie19Manquillo20Wood23Murphy32Anderson36S Longstaff
Referee: Graham Scott Attendance: 31,552 Match Stats Home Team Brighton Away Team Newcastle Possession Home 55% Away 45% Shots Home 13 Away 4 Shots On Target Home 7 Away 1 Corners Home 7 Away 3 Fouls Home 8 Away 6 Live Text Update
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Newcastle United 0.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Newcastle United 0.
Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Newcastle United. Corner conceded by Pascal Gross.
Replacement, Newcastle United. Chris Wood replaces Callum Wilson.
Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum Wilson (Newcastle United).
Failed attempt. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses on the left. Assisted by Kaoru Mitoma.
Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dan Burn (Newcastle United).
Attempt blocked. Joel Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Gross.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Corner conceded by Miguel Almiron.
Offside, Newcastle United. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Miguel Almirón is caught offside.
Handball by Callum Wilson (Newcastle United).
Replacement, Newcastle United. Sean Longstaff replaces Joe Willock.
Replacement, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.
Replacement, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tariq Lamptey replaces Leandro Trossard.
Replacement, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kaoru Mitoma replaces Solly March.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Corner conceded by Dan Burn.
Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from inside the box sees his shot blocked. Assisted by Enock Mwepu.
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