Kieran Trippier gives verdict on Brighton game


But the Newcastle right-back believes in his side’s point and the goal conceded at Amex shows the progress they are making.

Trippier was one of two Toon defenders to clear the line in Saturday’s 0-0 draw.

Nick Pope made good saves and Pascal Gross missed a sitter late to leave Newcastle grateful for a point that added to the three points they clinched at home against Nottingham Forest.

Trippier, who once scored a winner for Eddie Howes Burnley at Amex, admitted the hosts had limited his attacking ideas on the occasion.

He first faced Leandro Trossard and then got a tough final from flying substitute Kaoru Mitoma.

The former Atletico Madrid full-back said: “I haven’t gone as far forward as I would have liked, but it’s mostly about defence.

“The one I cleared off the line, Popey touched him a little bit and I almost scored an own goal. But as a defender you thrive without conceding, so that was a good moment.

“It was two different games, the first two.

“Brighton are a difficult team to play against because they overload midfield – they had so many bodies there.

“It’s a very good system the way they play, but we knew that we could also cause problems for them.

“We did that in the first half, but in the second half they controlled the game.

“Getting away from that with another goal and a point shows the progress we’re making.

“I was sloppy in the area once when I got caught by Danny Welbeck and we caused some of our own troubles in that area.”

Newcastle were touted by some observers to challenge the top six but looked pretty average in many ways on Saturday, particularly in the second half.

Tripper said: “We don’t feel any extra pressure this season.

“We know the expectation from the outside, but that’s everyone else’s opinion.” Kieran Trippier gives verdict on Brighton game

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