Newcastle United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Match Report – May 18, 2023
Newcastle United claimed an emphatic 4-1 house victory over Brighton & Hove Albion to take a large step in direction of clinching a high-4 end within the Premier League on Thursday.
An personal objective by Deniz Undav and a Dan Burn header earlier than the interval put third-positioned Newcastle in command.
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But sixth-positioned Brighton, themselves in search of to qualify for Europe for the primary time, pulled a objective again by means of Undav.
There had been loads of nerves round St James’ Park as Newcastle squandered probabilities and Brighton threatened an equaliser however late objectives by Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes sparked a celebration temper contained in the stadium.
Newcastle’s gamers milked the applause after the ultimate whistle and whereas a high-4 end remains to be not assured they solely want one win from their final two video games to make certain.
Eddie Howe’s facet have 69 factors with fourth-positioned Manchester United on 66 with three video games nonetheless to play. Liverpool, who solely have two video games left, have 65.
Victory at house towards relegation-threatened Leicester City on Monday will assure Newcastle Champions League soccer for the primary time in 20 years.
“We were outstanding tonight,” Howe instructed Sky Sports. “That first period was us at our best. I thought we were relentless. It is very difficult to maintain that for the full game.
“The crowd helped get us over the road. The third objective was essential. It could be unbelievable if we may (qualify for the Champions League). This is the Premier League and we take nothing without any consideration.
“We know how good Leicester are, they are fighting at the other end of the table.”
After Newcastle had picked up just one level from their final two video games, and with Brighton recent off the again of a 3-0 win at Arsenal, the match regarded like a tough hurdle for the hosts.
But they dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead after 22 minutes when Kieran Trippier’s inswinging nook skimmed off the top of Undav and into his personal internet.
Newcastle’s second objective got here from a extra doubtless supply as former Brighton defender Burn rose to energy in one other Trippier supply in first-half stoppage time.
Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steel stored his facet in it quickly after the break with a reflex save to disclaim Miguel Almiron and seconds later the guests halved the deficit as Billy Gilmour break up Newcastle’s defence and Undav slotted previous Nick Pope.
Wilson took his league tally for the season to 18 within the final minute after being despatched racing clear by Almiron and Guimaraes fired house from shut-vary in stoppage time.
Brighton want two wins from their final three video games to make sure they are going to play in Europe subsequent season, though a kind of matches is towards champions-elect Manchester City.