In a clash of two newly promoted teams to the Premier league, Brighton came out tops against one time Premier league regulars, Newcastle.
REVENGE AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYERS.
Chris Hughton has won against Newcastle for the first time in 7 attempts as a manager
Chris Hughton claimed his first victory over his former employers Newcastle as Brighton clinched a 1-0 win at the Amex.
REVENGE AGAINST FOES.
Newcastle snatched last season’s Sky Bet Championship title on the final day from Brighton.
The Seagulls got a revenge on the first Premier League meeting between the two clubs thanks to Tomer Hemed’s 51st-minute strike.
WINNING STREAK ENDED.
Newcastle brought on Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle for the final 20 minutes but the pair were unable to replicate the form that sealed the Magpies’ promotion last term as their three-game winning streak came to an end.
Rafael Benitez on Newcastle: “We did enough to get a point. Both teams had chances. We had a lot of control and good chances at the end.”
Both sides are doing well in the Premier Legaue.
The Seagulls are up to 13th, two points behind ninth-place Newcastle.
Joselu came within inches of breaking the deadlock as his low effort flashed across goal before Ayoze Perez fired over after Chancel Mbemba’s marauding run from deep.
Brighton started as the better side in the second half, and they got their reward when Hemed scooped Dale Stephens’ knock-down beyond the despairing reach of Elliot for his second goal of the season.
Elliot was on hand to prevent the hosts from doubling their lead, turning March’s effort off the goal-line with a stunning last-gasp save on 56 minutes.
Substitute Shelvey struck post from a corner within minutes of entering the fray, and Gayle drew Ryan into action with a low effort in stoppage-time, but Brighton held on for their second victory of the season.
Newcastle welcome Liverpool to St. James’ Park.
Brighton travel to Arsenal in Sunday’s early kick-off.
*Tomer Hemed has been involved in three goals in his last two home Premier League games (two goals, one assist).
*Hemed has had a hand in 20 goals in his last 23 league starts at the Amex for Brighton (15 goals, five assists).