Typical Newcastle Defeat At Brighton

Winning Run Comes To An End In Familiar Fashion

Been away for a few days so appreciate this is a touch late and I certainly wont be dwelling on what in truth was a very disappointing if not unexpected 90 minutes at Brighton last Sunday.

I say it wasnt unexpected because from following Newcastle for a number of years you just know after a run of good performances and wins it always seems to be when rather than if they will put in a stinking performance and bring everyone back down to earth with a massive bump.

This was a massive opportunity against a distinctly average Brighton side to extend our unbeaten run but whilst there was not a lot between the 2 sides and a drab nil nil seemed a distinct possibility we certainly never looked like taking 3 points from this one and as always seems to be the case with Newcastle there is always that chance they will let in a sloppy goal.

That came in the 51st minute - after Lascelles gave away a needless free kick the resulting marking from the Magpies was comical as Hemed swept home a back post knock down.

Yes there was a slight shout of a foul on Mbemba in the build up which Rafa made a big point of post match but it was one of those that you may or may not get and it certainly didnt excuse the sloppiness in conceding what turned out to be the winner.

We had a few chances but we look worryingly toothless at times with Joselu in particular having another afternoon to forget.

You cant knock the Spaniards work rate or build up play but a striker, especially when he is the lone striker, needs to be taking chances and scoring goals.

It is early days but I just dont think at this point in time he looks prolific enough and I would certainly be looking to give either Gayle or Mitrovic a chance in the coming games.

I can see why Rafa kept faith in him after his misses in the Stoke game - we won the game so it was easy to show a bit of support and give him another chance but after this game that has ultimately ended in defeat I wouldnt be suprised to see Rafa shake things up.

There was some controversy in the closing stages with goalscorer Hemed appearing to stamp on Yedlin but to be honest the game was already way over by then and for the umpteenth time in the years of supporting Newcastle I think everyone has been given a stark reality check as to where we are and how this season is going to be tough irrespective of a few good wins.

As I have said previously this season I think the fixture list has been really kind to us so far and there are much bigger tests to come starting with Liverpool.

If we play or defend against them like we did in this one then it could be a long afternoon against Rafas former employers.

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