Four points from two games – and it should have been six.
We asked three long-time Albion fans for their verdict on the 0-0 draw against Newcastle.
Then we spotlighted the missed opportunities – were they a problem?
It does not appear after screenings this season and towards the end of the last.
What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance against Newcastle?
Colin Beales: I was worried about this game as Howes Newcastle are now an excellent side with good form from last season. It was pretty even in the first half, but the second was all about us. We had a few chances to win it, but clearances from the line or Twitter favorite Nick Pope thwarted our efforts. Overall I was happy with the performance and fitness given the heat the game was played in.
James Heasman: Unfortunately, two points were lost here. Although we were a bit sloppy at times in the first half, Newcastle were weak and seemed quite limited. In the second half, Brighton ‘dominated’ the game completely and only a poor finish prevented them from winning. It was a fun game and the introduction of Mitoma gave everyone another player to look forward to.
Tim Ayling: An excellent performance without any finishing touches, especially in the second half, which we completely dominated. I think most of us would have taken four points from the first two games, so we can’t be too disappointed.
Who was your pick among the Albion players?
Colin Beales: I’m not sure this one had a clear man of the match. Caicedo came on after a shocking start, dunk was consistent throughout, but I’d probably say Joel Veltman pulled it off.
James Heasman: Caicedo did well and finished the game well, Solly put in another good performance as did Veltman but I go to Lewis Dunk who literally knocked Wilson out of the game. Another impressive ad.
Tim Ayling: Caicedo was great with tackles but not at his best with the ball. Dunk handled Wilson really well and Welbeck was tireless. Most exciting was Mitoma’s cameo. He looks like a real player.
Does the fact that multiple chances have been missed worry you for the upcoming season?
Colin Beales: Some might say it’s typically Brighton, but for me performances like this will reward us over time. All in all, it would be nice to add a striker to the squad if Maupay’s transfer goes through.
James Heasman: Not really. It would be a bigger problem if we didn’t get opportunities. I actually think Lallana’s header was the worst miss and on another day we score two or three goals. I was wondering if Undav would come as we seemed to miss the ‘fox in the box’ as the ball bounced around.
Tim Ayling: I think we’ve been here before, but I’m less worried than before. It’s the first time this has happened in a while and with the players at our disposal I’m hoping it won’t be as much of an issue as it was a few seasons ago.
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