11192017

Hemed helps Brighton edge out Newcastle

Tomer Hemed

Tomer Hemed’s goal was his second in the Premier League after scoring in the 3-1 win over West Brom

Brighton edged out Newcastle United to record their second successive home Premier League victory.

The hosts scored when Pascal Gross’ free-kick was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked the ball in from six yards out.

Newcastle, who had won their past three league matches, had chances, but Mikel Merino’s volley was pushed wide by Mat Ryan, Joselu twice missed when well placed, and substitute Jonjo Shelvey hit a post direct from a corner.

Victory lifted the Seagulls to 13th in the table, while Newcastle dropped to ninth.

Brighton hang on

Newcastle had more possession, more shots and more attempts on target, but Rafael Benitez’s side could not force an equaliser.

Substitutes Jesus Gamez and Dwight Gayle had efforts late on, but the former shot wide and the latter’s attempt was saved by Ryan.

Newcastle, buoyed by the 68th-minute arrival of England midfielder Shelvey, forced several corners as they piled on the pressure, but they could not get past a Brighton defence in which Lewis Dunk, Stephens and Bruno excelled.

Watched by an Amex Stadium record crowd of 30,468, Chris Hughton’s team claimed their second victory of the season following the 3-1 success over West Brom on 9 September.

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There was some wayward shooting from both sides in the first half, with Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert (11) and Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez (17) both finding the corner flag

Steady starts for promoted pair

This was a meeting of the teams who finished in the top-two spots in the championship last season, with Newcastle winning the title by one point on the final day.

Both teams will be pleased with how they have performed in the opening six games at the higher level.

Brighton have seven points, two fewer than Newcastle, who have won three and lost three, although Magpies boss Benitez will feel this was a missed opportunity.

In only the second minute, Merino’s shot from outside the area brought a good save from Ryan and Joselu – who joined in a £5m move from Stoke in August – twice should have done better but poked wide from six yards out then glanced a header off target.

After Brighton took the lead in the 51st minute, they had a chance to double their advantage, but Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot produced a fine save to deny Solly March.

The away side dominated from that point on, but Benitez’s side was frustrated by a robust Brighton defence.

‘An illegal block’

Benitez was unhappy with the Brighton goal, feeling referee Andre Marriner should have penalised the home side.

“It was a block, an illegal block,” said the Spaniard. “You cannot argue too much but it is very difficult to understand some things.

“They pushed my players. I am not happy with the way we conceded.

“At the end we had the control. Credit to them because they did well in the first half. We passed the ball a little better, they were defending more because they were winning.

“I was happy before the game and not so happy after the game. It is a long way to go so we have to keep going and keep improving.”

Hemed shows his quality – stats

  • Brighton have won back-to-back home league games in the top flight for the first time since November 1982.
  • Tomer Hemed has been involved in three goals in his last two home Premier League games (two goals, one assist).
  • Hemed’s last six league goals for the Seagulls have all been scored at the Amex.
  • Hemed has had a hand in 20 goals in his last 23 league starts at the Amex for Brighton (15 goals, five assists).
  • Newcastle have lost 22 of their last 24 away Premier League games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (won one, drew one).
  • Rafael Benitez has lost each of his last four Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides, having lost only two of the first 40.
  • The three matches in which Brighton have avoided defeat this season have come against sides starting that day in the top seven – 0-0 v Watford (fourth), 3-1 v West Brom (fifth) and 1-0 v Newcastle (seventh).
  • Newcastle have now lost their last three away Premier League games in which they’ve attempted at least 17 shots – also Sunderland in October 2015 (21, lost 3-0) and QPR in May 2015 (22, lost 2-1).

What’s next?

Both teams next play in the Premier League on Sunday, 1 October, with Brighton away at Arsenal (12:00 BST), while Newcastle play Liverpool at home (16:30 BST).

More to follow.

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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Newcastle United 0.

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Newcastle United 0.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

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

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt saved. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesús Gámez.

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Tomer Hemed.

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Jesús Gámez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jesús Gámez replaces Chancel Mbemba.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Joselu.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Isaac Hayden.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Mikel Merino (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Markus Suttner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

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

Foul by Joselu (Newcastle United).

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Newcastle United 0. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

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

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