Newcastle 0-0 Brighton

Match Report
Newcastle United and Brighton played out a drab goalless draw in a game of few clear chances at St James' Park.

Newcastle United and Brighton played out a drab goalless draw in a game of few clear chances at St James’ Park.

The hosts made one change to the side beaten 3-1 at Liverpool last time out, with Javier Manquillo replacing Emil Krafth, while Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin both earned places on the bench.

Graham Potter made three alterations to the team who drew 1-1 with Burnley, with Martin Montoya returning, Aaron Mooy handed his first league start and Steven Alzate making his Premier League debut.

Early on Neal Maupay threatened for the visitors, but keeper Martin Dubravka stood firm at his near post to make a decent save.

The hosts responded with Jamaal Lascelles striking the crossbar with a header, while Miguel Almiron could only shoot straight at Mat Ryan after breaking clear into the area.

Just past the half-hour, Albion had the ball in the net as Alzate rose to head home an inch-perfect cross from the right from Davy Propper, but the offside flag was up to cut short the celebrations.

The hosts started the second half brightly as Joelinton cut in from the right side of the area and set up Christian Atsu, but he could only fire wide from ten yards out.

At the other end, Pascal Gross lashed a shot just over the top from 25 yards out, while Almiron could only sidefoot tamely at Ryan after breaking away down the right flank.

Jonjo Shelvey tried his luck from long distance only for Ryan to save with ease, while just inside the final 20 minutes of the game Saint-Maximin entered the fray.

Almost straight away Brighton sub Aaron Connolly thought he had broken the deadlock as he flicked a shot over the advancing Dubravka, only for Fabian Schar to make a fantastic goal-line clearance.

The hosts brought on the returning Carroll to a rapturous reception eight minutes from time, before Dubravka had to get down smartly to keep out a low drive from Yves Bissouma.