Neal Maupay scored twice as Brighton cruised to a comfortable Premier League victory over an under par Newcastle at St James’ Park.
It was a superb all-round showing from the Seagulls and the perfect response to losing their opening game to Chelsea.
French forward Maupay was the early beneficiary as Graham Potter’s side took control, scoring twice in the opening seven minutes, with his first goal coming via a penalty after the impressive Tariq Lamptey was tripped by Allan Saint-Maximin.
His second, which was checked by the video assistant referee for offside, was a close-range finish to the bottom left corner at the end of a move down the right involving Lamptey and Leandro Trossard.
Newcastle, who struggled to recover after a sluggish start, did not manage a shot until the 40th minute and failed to register one on target throughout the whole game.
Brighton, who saw Trossard hit the post from long distance, rounded off a fine performance when Aaron Connolly curled in a right-foot effort.
Yves Bissouma was sent off for the visitors after catching Jamal Lewis with a high boot but it was too late to effect the outcome of the game.
Player of the match
with an average of 8.72
Squad number26Player nameDarlow
Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
Squad number15Player nameLewis
Squad number13Player nameC Wilson
Squad number21Player nameFraser
Squad number16Player nameHendrick
Squad number19Player nameManquillo
Squad number18Player nameFernández
Squad number8Player nameShelvey
Squad number14Player nameHayden
Squad number6Player nameLascelles
Squad number9Player nameJoelinton
Squad number7Player nameCarroll
Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad number2Player nameLamptey
Squad number9Player nameMaupay
Squad number7Player nameConnolly
Squad number11Player nameTrossard
Squad number5Player nameDunk
Squad number3Player nameWhite
Squad number8Player nameBissouma
Squad number17Player nameAlzate
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number1Player nameRyan
Squad number20Player nameMarch
Squad number33Player nameBurn
Squad number14Player nameLallana
Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh
Lamptey continues to sparkle for Seagulls
While Potter was taking positives in defeat on Monday, he will have been delighted to see the industry and creativity of his side fully rewarded six days later.
A lightning start and some typically slick football saw his team slice through Newcastle on several occasions to gain a two-goal cushion they rarely looked like relinquishing.
Just as pleasing is the form of 19-year-old Lamptey, who was outstanding for the second successive week.
The recently capped England Under-21 international turned down a new contract at Chelsea last season in favour of a move to Brighton and on this evidence he appears to be making the most of playing regular first-team football.
Lamptey impressed when starting in seven of the Seagulls’ nine Premier League matches when football resumed in June and he has picked up where he left off.
An early break down the right served notice of his pace and awareness and moments later he drew a clumsy foul from Saint-Maximin to help set Brighton on their way.
His energy and quality were a feature throughout the first half. After contributing to Brighton’s second, he twice almost added a third goal himself, with one break across the length of the pitch following a Newcastle corner particularly catching the eye.
His talent was not just restricted to going forward with one superbly timed challenge on Callum Wilson preventing the forward from having a clear run on goal.
Despite being withdrawn after 58 minutes, Lamptey made more interceptions (four) and won more fouls (four) than any other player on the pitch.
Sluggish Newcastle struggle
While Newcastle made an assured start to their Premier league season at West Ham, this display was almost the exact opposite as they struggled against more energetic and fluent opponents.
Too often they were left chasing shadows in the early stages and appeared to have few ideas of how to cope with Brighton’s 3-4-3 formation.
Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden appeared overworked and outmanoeuvred in midfield and Andy Carroll and Wilson, who worked well together a week ago, were on the periphery.
Aside from Saint-Maximin, who was substituted with a first-half injury, no player that started had fewer touches than Newcastle’s front two, who both managed 21 each.
Manager Steve Bruce introduced three substitutes – Ryan Fraser, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton – but there was little improvement, with Wilson heading over a difficult chance from Almiron’s cross.
The only consolation for Bruce and Newcastle supporters was that the margin of their defeat was not even greater.
Brighton find form on the road – the stats
- Brighton have won back-to-back away Premier League games for the first time since November 2017.
- Newcastle have lost three consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since a run of five between August and October 2018.
- This was Brighton’s second away Premier League win against Newcastle, with the Magpies the only team the Seagulls have beaten more than once away from home in the Premier League.
- Brighton’s Neal Maupay scored twice in the opening seven minutes of the match, the earliest a player has scored twice in a Premier League match since Edin Dzeko scored twice in the opening four minutes against Norwich for Manchester City in December 2012.
- Brighton have now won three of their past four away Premier League games (D1), as many as in their previous 27 games on the road (W3 D8 L15).
- Newcastle conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes of a home Premier League game for the first time since February 2011 against Arsenal, when they let three in.
- Newcastle defender Jamal Lewis has ended on the losing side in 12 of his 16 home Premier League games (11 for Norwich, one with Newcastle); among players to play at least 15 home games in the competition, no player has ended on the losing side in a higher proportion than Lewis’ 75% (Kevin Kyle also lost 75% of his home games).
Newcastle travel to Tottenham for their next Premier League fixture on Sunday, 27 September (14: 00 BST). Brighton host Manchester United in their next league match on Saturday (12: 30 BST).
More to follow.
- 6LascellesBooked at 34mins
- 15LewisBooked at 25minsSubstituted forat 89′minutes
- 8ShelveyBooked at 12minsSubstituted forJoelintonat 72′minutes
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forFraserat 33′minutes
- 7CarrollSubstituted forAlmirónat 45′minutes
- 13C Wilson
- 2LampteySubstituted forBurnat 58′minutes
- 8BissoumaBooked at 89mins
- 20MarchSubstituted forLallanaat 78′minutes
- 7ConnollySubstituted forJahanbakhshat 90′minutes
Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.
Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Adam Lallana.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Aaron Connolly.
Jamal Lewis went off injured after Newcastle United had used all subs.
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Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.
VAR Decision: Card upgraded Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Almirón.
Goal! Newcastle United 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam Lallana replaces Solly March.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Leandro Trossard.
Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).
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