21 Mar Brighton loss plunges Newcastle’s temper to ‘the bottom it has been’
Newcastle United stay exterior the Premier League’s backside three however the abject nature of Saturday’s 3-Zero defeat by fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion didn’t bode properly for his or her hopes of avoiding the drop.
Steve Bruce’s facet had been comprehensively outplayed as Brighton cruised to victory with targets by Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay.
The guests did not register a shot on goal and are actually six video games with out a league win, leaving them in 17th place, two factors above third-from-bottom Fulham.
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To rub salt into their wounds they misplaced midfielder Isaac Hayden to what seemed a critical knee damage shortly earlier than Trossard’s opener on the stroke of half-time.
“The temper is the bottom it has been. We simply weren’t ok,” stated Newcastle winger Ryan Fraser, who hit the publish shortly earlier than Welbeck made it 2-0.
“It was a must-win recreation after doing alright within the final couple of weeks. It did not occur for us tonight.
“Conceding simply earlier than half-time after the damage was a low blow. The second objective was an identical to their first. It was a bit bit too straightforward. We have to save our season now.”
Whereas Newcastle had drawn their earlier three matches, they’ve managed solely two wins from their final 18 and with a tricky run of fixtures to return after the worldwide break, they’re in a determined battle to stay a top-flight team.
“We’re not within the backside three but and we have nonetheless bought video games remaining,” Fraser stated. “If we go and win our subsequent recreation it seems to be rosy once more. We have nonetheless bought to play Fulham too.”
Bruce will come beneath additional stress after what he described as “a painful night” on the south coast.
“We weren’t wherever close to the degrees we must be at. I take full duty for that. Sadly it unravelled very, in a short time,” he stated.
“There’s lots of disappointment. Over the previous couple of weeks I’ve seen a level of togetherness and struggle, however we have got to be higher than we had been tonight to present ourselves an opportunity.”