Tomer Hemed’s hooked strike denied Newcastle the chance to move fourth in the Premier League as Brighton prevailed 1-0 at the Amex Stadium.
Hemed’s second Premier League goal sealed the Seagulls’ triumph as boss Chris Hughton finally got the better of former club Newcastle.
Brighton moved 13th in the table with their second win of the campaign, hitting back after losing at Bournemouth in first the Premier League then the Carabao Cup.
What they said
When asked about Hemed’s stamp on DeAndre Yedlin, Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “I have seen it and my absolute impression was that there was no intention, particularly knowing the player. My first impression was that there was absolutely no intent. It’s obviously very fresh at the moment. I was unaware of it at the time, and I have just been shown it.”
Commenting on an incident involving Bruno, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: “It’s a player standing still and he’s made a block. It’s a very clear foul, but still we were not defending well. We have to defend stronger. But it’s still a clear foul.”
Tweet of the match
Star man – Hemed
The Israel forward’s clinical finish proved the difference between the two sides on a day of precious few gilt-edged opportunities. Where Joselu failed with Newcastle’s clear opening, Hemed did not.
Moment of the match
Hemed hooked home after Dale Stephens headed down a smart Brighton free-kick, firing into the roof of the net and leaving Rob Elliot helpless.
Stat of the day
Brighton manager Hughton secured his first win against old club Newcastle at the seventh time of asking.
Brighton: Matthew Ryan 7, Bruno 8, Shane Duffy 6, Lewis Dunk 7, Markus Suttner 7, Anthony Knockaert 6, Dale Stephens 8, Davy Propper 6, Solly March 7, Pascal Gross 8, Tomer Hemed 9. Substitutes: Jamie Murphy (for Knockaert, 79) 6.
Newcastle: Rob Elliot 5, DeAndre Yedlin 5, Jamaal Lascelles 6, Ciaran Clark 6, Chancel Mbemba 6, Isaac Hayden 5, Mikel Merino 7, Matt Ritchie 5, Ayoze Perez 5, Christian Atsu 6, Joselu 4. Substitutes: Jonjo Shelvey (for Hayden, 67) 7, Dwight Gayle (for Joselu, 70) 6, Jesus Gamez (for Mbemba, 82) 6.
Who’s up next?
Arsenal v Brighton (Premier League, Sunday, October 1)
Newcastle v Liverpool (Premier League, Sunday, October 1)