Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Nothing up North

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  • There wasn’t a lot to like from Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit to Newcastle United, embedded in a 0-0 Saturday score line at St. James’ Park that only needs the numbers to tell the story.

    Newcastle sits a point above the drop zone, while Brighton sits four points clear of 18th.

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    Newcastle United had most of the ball but struggled to connect with crosses or scoop up loose chances in the 18.

    At the other end, Shane Duffy nodded a cross wide of the goal.

    Mikel Merino‘s long through ball to Dwight Gayle yielded a chance, but Mat Ryan collected his rebound before Joselu could nab the loose ball.

    Glenn Murray was offside when he missed a back post sitter in the 27th minute.

    Joselu had a 40th minute low rip off more Merino playmaking but it dragged wide and Ryan probably had the angle covered.

    Duffy headed over goal for a second time in the match off a 42nd minute corner.

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    Ryan made an outstanding reaction save on a deflected Isaac Hayden effort, and Jamaal Lascelles headed the ensuing corner wide of the near post.

    Karl Darlow got low to collect a Pascal Gross free kick in the 54th.

    Gayle forced a fantastic save out of Ryan off a Christian Atsu cross five minutes later, and Darlow nearly matched that stop with his save on a Lewis Dunk header.