Isaac Hayden scores
Isaac Hayden scored his first league goal for Newcastle since January 2020, a run of 43 games

Newcastle fought back to claim a draw at Brighton in the Premier League as potential new manager Eddie Howe watched on from the stands.

With Howe’s appointment expected soon, he sat alongside Magpies part-owner Amanda Staveley and allowed himself a brief flicker of emotion as Isaac Hayden turned in an equaliser from Ciaran Clark’s downward header.

However, for much of this contest, Newcastle’s display will only have served to warn him of the scale of the challenge at a club that is still yet to win a top-flight game this season.

While the visitors deserve credit for sticking rigidly to their defensive shape, they were disjointed in possession and, bar Hayden’s effort, offered little in attack.

Leandro Trossard’s first-half penalty had appeared to have set Brighton on their way to a deserved victory, with the Belgian getting the benefit of a VAR intervention after tumbling over Clark’s leg.

Despite dominating for long periods, Seagulls boss Graham Potter cut a frustrated figure as his side’s winless run continued into a sixth match and prevented them from leapfrogging Manchester United in fifth.

And a dramatic conclusion almost compounded that feeling with goalkeeper Robert Sanchez sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Callum Wilson with the Newcastle forward through on goal.

With central defender Lewis Dunk taking over in goal it left the hosts having to see out an anxious final few minutes of stoppage time.

Newcastle, who have drawn three of their past four matches on their travels, sit 19th in the table, level on points with bottom club Norwich.

Big job in front of Howe?

Newcastle have drawn two and lost two of their four matches since the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of the club was confirmed in October.

However, they at least appear closer to installing a new manager after Unai Emery rejected their offer.

Howe, has not managed since his second stint at Bournemouth ended in relegation in 2020, but importantly has a reputation for playing attractive football, something that will strike chord with the Newcastle fanbase.

And his first task will be to get more from Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, who so far this season have contributed six of the club’s 12 Premier League goals between them.

None of that trio managed a single shot on target at the Amex and even if that was offset to some extent by more solidity at the other end of the pitch, Newcastle will need goals and plenty of them to get themselves out of their current predicament.

Meanwhile, Potter’s side are seven points better off than at the corresponding stage of last season having addressed their own defensive issues despite the £50m sale of England defender Ben White in the summer.

Player of the match

LampteyTariq Lamptey

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  4. Squad number24Player nameDuffy

  5. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  6. Squad number3Player nameCucurella

  7. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  8. Squad number20Player nameMarch

  9. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  10. Squad number12Player nameMwepu

  11. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  12. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  13. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  14. Squad number1Player nameSánchez

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  2. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  3. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  4. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

  5. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  6. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  7. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  8. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number2Player nameClark

  11. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

  12. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  13. Squad number34Player nameGayle

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1SánchezBooked at 90mins
  • 34Veltman
  • 24Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Cucurella
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 84mins
  • 2LampteySubstituted forWebsterat 75′minutes
  • 12MwepuSubstituted forMac Allisterat 45′minutes
  • 14LallanaBooked at 75mins
  • 20MarchSubstituted forMaupayat 66′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 11Trossard

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 9Maupay
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 15Moder
  • 23Steele
  • 27Locadia
  • 30Richards
  • 60Sarmiento

Newcastle

Formation 5-4-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 23MurphyBooked at 60mins
  • 17KrafthSubstituted forGayleat 90+4′minutes
  • 6LascellesBooked at 12mins
  • 2Clark
  • 11Ritchie
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forJoelintonat 74′minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 69mins
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 9WilsonBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 5Schär
  • 7Joelinton
  • 12Lewis
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Fraser
  • 28Willock
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff

Referee:
David Coote

Attendance:
31,267

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