Newcastle United drew Zero-Zero at house to Brighton & Hove Albion within the Premier League, in a sport which noticed each side wrestle to transform their probabilities into targets.
The sport obtained off to a regular begin, with each sides taking time to evaluate the strategy their opposition would take within the early levels of the match. The primary likelihood went to the hosts within the 12th minute, as Matt Ritchie completed off a surging run by whipping a ball into the field – Dwight Gayle was denied by Brighton stopper Mathew Ryan – who punched the ball out of hazard.
Brighton started to discover a foothold within the sport, and began to take the sport to their opponents.
Mikel Merino hit a shocking, long-range go by way of the center of the Brighton defence, releasing Gayle within the penalty space. With the angle tight, Gayle was solely capable of fireplace a ball throughout the face of aim, which Ryan smothered earlier than Joselu might capitalise.
Within the 25th minute, Matt Ritchie’s poor clearance arrange Davy Pröpper on the sting of space – who turned away from a pack of Newcastle defenders earlier than seeing his firmly struck shot snug held by Magpie’s stopper Karl Darlow.
Shortly after, Shane Duffy blazed a shot over from contained in the field, after Newcastle struggled to clear Anthony Knockaert’s nook.
Joselu might need damaged the impasse after selecting his method across the fringe of the Brighton space, earlier than firing a low present that whistled simply huge of Ryan’s far submit from 20 yards. The perimeters went into half-time degree, with neither staff capable of break the impasse.
Within the 48th minute, Dwight Gayle noticed a deflected shot draw a shocking save from Ryan, because the ball bounced off Lewis Dunk for close-range forcing the keeper to show the ball across the submit. Jamaal Lascelles noticed his header flash huge from the following nook. The St James’ Park crowd responded excitedly, having expressed their frustrations with their facet within the first half.
Brighton had an opportunity to open with scoring however Pascal Groß’s sweetly struck free-kick was held comfortably by Darlow.
It was in the 57th minute that Newcastle had their finest likelihood of the match with Christian Atsu’s tantalising cross onto the pinnacle of Dwight Gayle, which drew a shocking, one-handed save from Ryan from seven yards out.
Brighton had their very own golden alternative within the 67th minute. Groß’s nook was nodded down by Duffy, however Dunk’s close-range header was straight at Darlow – who palmed the ball away to security. Newcastle thought they need to have had a penalty within the 75th minute, as Merino was bundled over within the Brighton by Bruno. The referee was unmoved, claiming Merino had fallen.
The sport stuttered out to an unsatisfying draw, with neither facet displaying the form of composure in-front of aim wanted on the Premier League degree.
The Magpies will look to seize a win towards fellow strugglers Stoke Metropolis on New 12 months’s Day, whereas Brighton host Eddie Howe’s plucky Bournemouth facet.