By Russell Edge
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has said that a lack of inventiveness is Newcastle United’s weakness after seeing his side overcome the Tyneside club.
The Seagulls triumphed in Sunday’s clash between the two sides, with Tomer Hemed’s second half strike enough to end the Magpies’ run of three successive victories with a 1-0 defeat on the south coast.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez uncharacteristically named an unchanged side for the showdown, and Chris Hughton, who is a former manager at St James’ Park, believes that the Magpies’ predictable style of play was their downfall on Sunday.
He told the West Sussex County Times: “They’re a good side, Newcastle, and we’ve obviously watched their last three games.
“I thought they deserved to win the last three games.
“We found that they’re quite similar in the way that they play.”
The Magpies had relied upon a Jamaal Lascelles header from a Matt Ritchie corner as the match winner in both of their victories over Swansea and Stoke, helping them on their way to successive victories and into the heady heights of fourth place.
However they have slipped down the table after Sunday’s defeat, with Benitez’s side now sitting ninth, just two points ahead of the victors at the Amex Stadium.
Their next match sees the Newcastle boss go up against his former side Liverpool at St James’ Park, with the sides having played out a 2-2 draw in their last encounter.
In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider has analysed three things learned from the Magpies’ defeat.