Toon Takeaways from Newcastle’s blowout loss vs. Brighton

Brighton's Adam Lallana (C) and Alireza Jahanbakhsh (R). (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Brighton's Adam Lallana (C) and Alireza Jahanbakhsh (R). (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Newcastle United were embarrassed at home today in a 3-0 loss vs. Brighton.

After starting the Premier League season with a win over West Ham United and a Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn, Newcastle United turned in a dismal performance in a loss vs. Brighton today.

Neal Maupay had a brace before the clock even struck ten minutes, Aaron Connolly added a third late, and the Magpies had no answer at the other end as they lost 3-0 at St. James’ Park.

Brutal beginning

If you were even slightly late to tune into today’s match, you may have missed one or both of Brighton’s goals. Allan Saint-Maximin’s challenge was careless and unnecessary to set up Maupay’s penalty and the second goal was a combination of quality play from Brighton and some lack of awareness from the Newcastle backline.

Inability to break down Brighton

For some reason, Newcastle United make Brighton’s solid defense look like the world’s greatest anytime they square off. Six total shots and zero on frame for the hosts. In the seven matches between the two sides since earning promotion in the same season, the Magpies have scored ONE GOAL and ZERO WINS. Another poor showing from the Newcastle attack vs. the Seagulls.

Quick Kicks

  • Bruce elected to start Andy Carroll again next to Callum Wilson today and the big man didn’t do much before being subbed off at the break for Miguel Almiron.
  • Speaking of Wilson and Almiron, the latter served in a beautiful cross in the second half that was misjudged by a Brighton defender, leaving Wilson with a free header. But, the striker’s effort sailed comfortably off target. It would’ve been major to pull a goal back there.
  • While a clean sheet wasn’t likely, Karl Darlow wasn’t great again today in goal. The Toon Army will be counting the minutes until Martin Dubravka can return.
  • There’s not really a bright spot of the day for Newcastle today. Just a brutal effort overall.
  • Today’s match went bad to worse for Jamal Lewis as he caught a reckless boot to the face from Yves Bissouma and had a cut that required tending to from the NUFC medical team. After a VAR check, Bissouma’s initial yellow card was swapped for a red.

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What’s Next?

The Magpies will look to continue their Carabao Cup run when they face League Two’s Morecambe FC at Globe Arena on Wednesday. The Shrimps lost 5-0 in league play yesterday.