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Newcastle United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey's second-half free-kick was his first goal for Newcastle

Newcastle United made it three straight Championship wins to end Brighton's unbeaten start to the season.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles headed the Magpies in front from Matt Ritchie's free-kick before Yoan Gouffran hit the bar with a 25-yard shot.

Anthony Knockaert struck the woodwork for the visitors but they were reduced to 10 men when Sam Baldock was sent off for two yellow cards.

Jonjo Shelvey then curled in a free-kick to wrap up a comfortable win.

Newcastle began the season with back-to-back defeats by Fulham and leaders Huddersfield, but victories over Reading, Bristol City and now Brighton have seen them go into the international break fourth in the table.

Lascelles' free header from 15 yards gave them the perfect start and they created several other clear chances as Ritchie saw a shot saved by David Stockdale, while Gouffran also hit a half-volley over the bar.

Glenn Murray had a volley blocked by Lascelles and Knockaert hit the bar with a shot from 10 yards as the visitors started the second half brightly.

But once Baldock was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on home keeper Matz Sels the result was never in doubt.

Shelvey's free-kick doubled the lead and, although Sels produced a fine late save to deny Beram Kayal, Newcastle comfortably completed a first win over Brighton since 1990.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

"It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.

"We got a lot of the things we were looking for today but there is still room for improvement.

"The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.

"It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"I thought it (the sending-off) was harsh. If you watch the second challenge, the keeper kicks Sam. He is not that sort of player.

"Newcastle were very efficient but it feels like a missed opportunity. They scored from two set pieces and although they hit the bar, we had the better chances.

"We are disappointed because we felt we had a good chance today and we didn't pose as much of a threat as we should have."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 28Sels
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forGámezat 72'minutes
  • 18Mbemba
  • 6LascellesBooked at 54mins
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieBooked at 34mins
  • 14Hayden
  • 12ShelveyBooked at 22mins
  • 20GouffranSubstituted forYedlinat 88'minutes
  • 15DiaméSubstituted forColbackat 81'minutes
  • 17PérezBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 4Colback
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Yedlin
  • 26Darlow
  • 27Gámez
  • 32Armstrong

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 84mins
  • 14SidwellSubstituted forNorwoodat 68'minutes
  • 7Kayal
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forLua Luaat 68'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 68'minutes
  • 9BaldockBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 6Stephens
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Norwood
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 42Hunt
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
49,196

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home22
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Offside, Newcastle United. Matz Sels tries a through ball, but Ayoze Pérez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Yoan Gouffran.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Jesús Gámez (Newcastle United).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jack Colback replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Foul by Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United).

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Foul by Jesús Gámez (Newcastle United).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jesús Gámez replaces Vurnon Anita.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield541084413
2Fulham532074311
3Barnsley530212849
4Newcastle53028449
5QPR53028539
6Bristol City53027529
7Nottm Forest5302111109
8Brighton52218448
9Wolves52217438
10Birmingham52217528
11Ipswich52216518
12Norwich52216518
13Burton521210917
14Brentford52125417
15Reading521258-37
16Aston Villa51225505
17Cardiff512246-25
18Derby512213-25
19Sheff Wed512236-35
20Wigan51138804
21Leeds511359-44
22Rotherham5113312-94
23Preston510435-23
24Blackburn5014412-81
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