The story of the day as Steve Bruce makes another plea for takeover clarity following Brighton draw
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Newcastle United’s Premier League meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s side will be looking to bounce back after three straight league defeats but the Magpies have several injury concerns ahead of the fixture. We’ll have all the build-up ahead of today’s 6pm kick-off as well as in-game analysis and post-match reaction. Stick around and refresh the page for live updates throughout the day:
LIVE: Brighton vs Newcastle United
- FT - Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Newcastle United 0
- NUFC XI: Dubravka; Manquillo, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose; Bentaleb, Shelvey; Ritchie, Almiron (Lazaro 86), Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 74); Gayle (Carroll 74).
- BHAFC XI: Ryan; Lamptey (Duffy 85), Dunk, Webster, Burn; Gross (Mac Allister 57), Bissouma (Propper 73), Stephens, Mooy (March 57); Trossard, Maupay (Murray 73).
Brighton dominated that half without creating too much. Dubravka. Newcastle rallied before the break, but Gayle was off target with a header. Otherwise, nothing to write home about. Not a great advert for summer football. Brighton dominated that half without creating too much. Dubravka. Newcastle rallied before the break, but Gayle was off target with a header. Otherwise, nothing to write home about. Not a great advert for the summer football, though the Premier League just won't be the same until fans return. Need some intensity in the second half.
NEIL MITCHELL: “Anyone got any paint I can watch drying?”
STEVE WRAITH: “Both teams lacking quality up front. Draws a fair reflection on a dull uneventful first half.”
STEVE HASTIE: “Struggling to get a foothold in midfield. Not sure if its the formation which is confusing matters as Ritchie and Manquillo are operating as defensive wing-backs and Saint-Maximin, Gayle and Almiron switching across the front line. Either way, Shelvey and Benteleb are being overrun at times.”
A corner is met by Dwight Gayle at the front post and his glancing header is on to the roof of the net! United improved as the half went on, but only just.
Newcastle United have failed to really get going in this opening 45 - and Liam Kennedy's player ratings reflect that.
Very few sightings of Allan Saint-Maximin, Dwight Gayle and others yet.
Martin Dubravka - Made one quality save, diving to his left, from Trossard - 6
Javier Manquillo - Has, when possible, looked to get at opposite number Dan Burn - 7
Emil Krafth - Not looked out of place in this surprise back three - 6
Federico Fernandez - Solid enough so far with his full-backs a little closer to him than expected - 6
Danny Rose - Has looked at home in his new central role - 7
Matt Ritchie - Very lucky not to concede a penalty after some shaky defending - 5
Nabil Bentaleb - Game has passed him by largely - 5
Jonjo Shelvey - Not the most influential game of Shelvey's season - 6
Miguel Almiron - A bit of an anonymous one from the Paraguayan with United mostly on the back foot - 5
Allan Saint-Maximin - Bright when seen with ball at feet. Not seen all that often, though - 6
Dwight Gayle - Has barely seen the ball. To be fair, United have rarely had it - 5
An error by Ritchie, sees Maupay go clear in the area, picking himself up after a tumble to find Trossard who cracks at goal - SAVE Dubravka!
Positive start by United but not a great deal between the two teams at present. Good to see Saint -Maximin back in starting line up and looking threatening. Listening to the game with no crowd noise and Ritchie dominating the airwaves with moans and groans at the officials.
Stuttering start from both teams. Prodding and poking but not much to show from ourselves while Brighton have at least hit the target through Dunk’s header. Brighton like to play the ball around but little end product to show for it as yet!
I'm sure he picks the names from a hat and the position they play from another hat. This makes no sense at all to me…