Newcastle extended their unbeaten run to eight games as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Ryan Fraser opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Fabian Schar doubled their advantage two minutes later. Lewis Dunk grabbed a goal back in the 55th minute but the visitors were unable to find the equalizer.
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (6), Schar (7), Burn (7), Targett (6), Willock (6), Shelvey (6), Joelinton (6), Fraser (8), Wood (7), Murphy (7).
Subs: Saint-Maximin (6), Guimaraes (n/a), Longstaff (n/a).
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Veltman (6), Duffy (6), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Gross (7), Alzate (7), Moder (6), Lamptey (6), Trossard (6), Welbeck (6).
Subs: Maupay (6), March (6), Mac Allister (n/a).
Man of the match: Ryan Fraser.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “We’ve got a really difficult run of games – we’ve got four away games, which I think for any team in the Premier League is very difficult, and also they are four difficult opponents, so today was very important. I saw the players in the dressing room afterward and it’s a good sign. They’re pleased, but they’re not over the top in how they are feeling. They know we are still in the midst of a very important spell.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “Performance-wise we did a lot well, I would say, but football is about scoring one more goal than the opponent and that’s what Newcastle did, so in that respect, no. We deserve what we get. From our perspective, it was a blow to go 2-0 down so quickly after starting the game well, the better team and then 2-0, we have to recover, which we did.”
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