Newcastle United slipped to defeat in their second Premier League match of the season against Brighton.
The Magpies could not follow up their opening day victory over West Ham United, disappointingly losing 3-0 to the Seagulls at St. James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s team were second best all over the pitch and had very few chances.
Callum Wilson squandered a great headed opportunity in the second half but aside from that, Newcastle rarely threatened.
Bruce’s team were shellshocked by two early goals from Neal Maupay and simply couldn’t get back into the contest, with Neil Potter’s side setting up with an impressive defensive shape.
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey especially caused plenty of issues down Newcastle’s right side, before he had to depart after picking up an injury.
Newcastle really struggled to create meaningful attacks in the game, but the team did look slightly better once Miguel Almiron was introduced in the second half.
The Paraguay international was again left on the bench by Bruce much to the frustration of many fans before the game.
But he looked lively when he came on and will surely be in contention to start against Tottenham Hotspur next.
Newcastle fans on social media were fairly angry with their team’s display, with many questioning Bruce’s decision not to start Almiron:
I think its clear we are a better team with Almiron playing
— Leroy (@LeroyNUFC) September 20, 2020
Positive: Hopefully this marks the end of playing the leagues most immobile striker as a number. 10. How Almiron didnt start is beyond me #nufc
— Gianfranco Shola (@SholaGianfranco) September 20, 2020
The difference almiron brings man… put some respect on that name #nufc
— Megatoon1892 (@megatoon1892) September 20, 2020
Almiron should start every game for me. He’s only been on 15 mins and has arguably done more than any #NUFC player so far.
— 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕜 ℂ 🅽🆄🅵🅲 ⚫⚪⚫ (@MarkClinton30) September 20, 2020
Everyone knew lamptey looked a player. Why not start Almiron and tell him to follow him up and down the pitch. #nufc
— michael lamb (@mLamby2) September 20, 2020
— ToonUnited (@ToonUnited2) September 20, 2020
Almiron making things happen. Made all the difference and Wilson has to finish that chance #NUFC
— Cory Graham (@Coryjgraham) September 20, 2020
Now the season begins. Steve Bruce has to find his best team and we have still not replaced Rondon. Using ASM in the Cup was a mistake. Starting him today and not Almiron is the big mistake made today. Carroll plays to help on set pieces but this was not a game to hoof it #nufc
— 👉LDG👈 (@LockdownGames93) September 20, 2020
Almiron has carried the entire #nufc side on his back today
— Geoff Woods (@GeoffWoods1) September 20, 2020
Almiron’s all over the pitch. The hardest working player in the squad, no idea at all why he didn’t start #NUFC
— Luke (@Luke_Hudson4) September 20, 2020
Almiron is so many levels above anyone else in our team
— Ash (@ashsales22) September 20, 2020