Newcastle United weathered a wave of attacks in a tense second half, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to pick up three valuable points. Newcastle United continued Newcastle’s Premier League resurgence extraordinarily with a victory over Brighton, their fifth victory in their last six games. Newcastle United’s Eddie Howe resurgence made him unbeatable in eight Premier League games and secured a fifth win in six games, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1. The cautious victory over Brighton was Newcastle’s first Premier League victory over the top 10 opposition this season and once again showed their incredible resilience and tenacity under the new manager.
Newcastle scored two goals in two minutes and extended their unbeaten streak to eight games thanks to an accidental victory over Brighton. Newcastle extended their unbeaten streak to eight games in the Premier League, surviving a belated attack from Brighton to secure a decisive 2-1 win at St James’ Park. Newcastle United may still be in 14th place, but they now have a breather ahead of a giant four-game spell away. Newcastle’s winning streak was extended, leaving them seven points clear of their last three to settle comfortably in 14th place.
Despite Brighton’s dominance after the second half, Newcastle, supported by substitute Allan St. Maximin, who was recovering from a calf injury, were seven points clear of the relegation zone. A close header from Lewis Dunks cut Newcastle United’s Eddie Howe lead in half after the break, and the Magpies had to weather a storm of sorts as Brighton & Hove Albion controlled most of the game in the second half. Two first-half goals from Ryan Fraser (12) and Fabian Schar (14) gave Newcastle a solid 2-0 lead before Brighton countered with a header from Lewis Dunks (55). Brighton was better for most of the game and had more possession.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was quick to get Saint-Maximin in shape in an attempt to give them a new push forward, but when Brighton used winger Cucurella to attack Emil Kraft, it was they who continued to pose the greatest threat. The balance began to tip in Brighton & Hove Albion’s favour. Graham Potter introduced striker Neal Maupay and striker Solly March off the bench, while Newcastle United up-and-coming Eddie Howe attempted to reassert his dominance by bringing in Saint-Maximin in place of Jacob Murphy. Jacob Murphy was an impressive Newcastle player in the first half as he got the better of Marc Cucurella and boosted Newcastle’s bottom line.
Brighton deserved better, but they failed to break Newcastle’s stoic defence throughout Brighton’s second-half dominance, fielded by former player Dan Byrne, whom United captured in January for £13m. Still, Newcastle held out against Brighton’s belated attack and claimed the win.