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Game week 2: United snatch fortunate point at Brighton

by Matt · Updated Sat 13 Aug 2022, 19:13
Game week 2: United snatch fortunate point at Brighton

The Magpies secured their second clean sheet of the season and claimed a hard-fought point at a roasting Amex Stadium this afternoon. New goalkeeper Nick Pope was the pick of the bunch as Newcastle might've considered themselves fortunate to have come away with anything, on a day where they were very much second best.

Key points and incidents

  • Brighton were the better side throughout, having had more possession (55%/45%) and more shots on goal (13/4)
  • Newcastle wore their sky blue 'fourth shirt' and home shorts but there was more than a hint of a clash
  • Temperatures reached 31 degrees Celsius, and the difficult conditions were evidenced by the teams' performances
  • Solly March had an effort cleared off the line by Kieran Tripper in the first half
  • Joel Veltman's deflected effort was also steered off the line in the second half, this time by Fabian Schär
  • Pope made good saves from Adam Lallana and Solly March
  • Newcastle had no chances of note; a low cross from Callum Wilson across the face of goal late on evaded Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy; it was otherwise slim pickings
  • Dan Burn thumped a mis-timed header well over the bar from a Kieran Trippier corner

Player ratings

Nick Pope - 8

Newcastle's stand-out performer, keeping United in the game with a string of good stops

Kieran Trippier - 4

A poor performance from the Captain, who was easily beaten on the wing by a variety of Brighton players

Fabian Schär - 7

A typical assured performance, including a critical whack off the line

Sven Botman - 6

A decent start for the new man, if slightly positionally wayward in the first half and unconvincing in possession

Dan Burn - 7

Dealt with everything that came at him in an unfavoured left-back position, but offered nothing going forward and missed a good chance

Joe Willock - 5

Typically high-energy and industrious but little came off for the young Englishman

Bruno Guimarães - 5

Comfortably Bruno's worst game for Newcastle, looking uncharacteristically lethargic on the ball and sloppy with his passes

Joelinton - 6

His usual mix of neat footwork, physicality and at least one incident where he snarled at an opponent, but the midfield was too easily overrun today

Allan Saint-Maximin - 4

A really frustrating performance from Maxi, who tied himself in knots on more than one occasion and could barely find a Newcastle shirt

Miguel Almiron - 7

Other than Pope, probably Newcastle's best player. Miggy carried the ball well and looked the player most likely to produce something

Callum Wilson - 5

A frustrating day at the office for the forward; nothing stuck to him as he undertook a target man role, but he did force an almost match-winning chance

Subs - 5

None of Murphy, Longstaff or Chris Wood influenced the game once introduced

Caulkin sums it up

Check back tonight for Saturday's round-up.