Newcastle United had a heavy defeat inflicted upon them by Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon, as goals from Neil Maupay and Aaron Connolly gave Brighton a 0-3 win.
It was a nightmare start for Steve Bruce’s side as Allan Saint-Maximin brought down Tariq Lamptey inside of the 18 yard box, with Neil Maupay converting the subsequent penalty to give the visitors the lead.
And things went from bad to worse for United just minutes later, as an incisive pass eventually found its way to Maupay once again, who slotted it home from a tight angle past Karl Darlow. Initially disallowed for offside, referee Kevin Friend consulted VAR and gave Maupay his and and the Seagulls’ second of the afternoon.
From then on it was almost all Brighton: Graham Potter’s men dominating possession and repeatedly outclassing Newcastle’s midfield and defence. Each of Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles, and Jamal Lewis receiving yellow cards for fouls committed in the first half.
Callum Wilson had Newcastle’s two closest chances of the game, but both crosses that fell to the ex-Bournemouth man could not be converted, and Brighton held on for the clean sheet. In a game eerily similar to last season’s most dire performances, Newcastle failed to record a single shot on target, and only 6 shots in total.
Perhaps the only positive from today’s performance was the initial spark substitute Miguel Almiron provided after half time: it was a questionable decision from Bruce to bench the Paraguayan after he recorded assists in back-to-back games.
The away side had an eventful final 10 minutes, as some beautiful team play was capped off by a finessed finish from Aaron Connolly to seal all 3 points, but a dangerous high foot from Yves Bissouma on Jamal Lewis saw the Malian centre midfielder sent off.
The result is Brighton’s biggest away win in the Premier League, meanwhile it’s Newcastle’s heaviest home defeat since their dreadful performance on January 1st against Leicester City, when they also lost by 3 goals to nil.
Lamptey was far and away the Man of the Match, with his blistering runs up and down the right hand side ripping the aforementioned Saint-Maximin and Lewis partnership to shreds. ASM in particular proved to be a defensive liability, as Lewis often found himself on the wrong end of a 2 on 1 attack down Newcastle’s left flank.
After such a strong performance away to West Ham last weekend, this unchanged Newcastle side felt completely different to what had secured the 0-2 win down in London just a week prior. The defence and midfield in particular looking complacent in comparison to the impressive, regimented team Brighton fielded.
Newcastle have two crucial fixtures ahead of them in the next 7 days: first is the midweek game away to Morecambe in the Carabao Cue. And then it’s their first clash with a top 6 club comes on the following Sunday, as the Magpies venture down to London to face Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. If today’s performance was any indicator, it’s a difficult week ahead for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United.