- Seagulls move four points clear of drop
- Magpies unbeaten in three
- Perez scores fifth in three matches
Pascal Gross‘ late goal, Brighton and Hove Albion’s first in 735 minutes, saved the Seagulls a massive point in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Ayoze Perez scored his 11th goal of the season as Newcastle United, having scored thrice last week and once the previous match day.
Newcastle now has 42 points, good for 13th, while Brighton is four points clear of 18th place Cardiff City.
Brighton faces Arsenal and Man City in its remaining fixtures, while Cardiff has Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
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Newcastle was far superior over the first hour, and were denied a pair of penalty shouts.
In the first half, Salomon Rondon was felled in the box after tangling legs with Bruno. Early in the second frame, it was a close range handball that went uncalled off a corner kick. The first was more interesting than the second.
Perez scored his goal at the quarter hour mark, taking a chested layoff from Salomon Rondon and absolutely screaming a shot into the upper reaches of the goal from 12 yards. 1-0 Magpies.
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7 – Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon have combined for seven Premier League goals this season – the most by a Newcastle duo in a season since 1999-2000 (Alan Shearer and Nolberto Solano, eight goals). Heroes.
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Brighton snapped into the match after the hour mark, but Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was in command of his 18 as the pressure increased at the Amex.
Brighton found its way through when Bruno’s cross was headed back across goal by Murray, and Gross snapped at the chance to nod it over the line.
The Seagulls kept pushing, and were easily the better side over the final stages.
A 90th minute corner saw Murray flash a header over the goal in what would’ve almost certainly sealed the Seagulls’ PL status.