By Russell Edge

30th Dec, 2017 | 4:49pm

Three things learned about Newcastle in Brighton draw: Benitez must recall one man after dour display

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Newcastle United were held to a 0-0 draw by Brighton in their home clash on Saturday.

In a game lacking in chances at either end of the pitch, the Magpies found themselves having to settle for a point after the Seagulls’ goalkeeper Mat Ryan pulled off some impressive saves.

The Magpies came into the clash off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday, condemning the club to their ninth defeat in 11 games.

It was a result which left the club sitting just a point above the relegation zone in 15th, while a further three points adrift of Chris Hughton and his men ahead of kick off on Tyneside, and it remained that way with the points being shared.

So what can fans take away from the clash at the St James’ Park?

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Here, Football Insider analyses three things learned in Saturday’s match against the Seagulls, including one man who must return to the starting XI in the near future.

Click below to see the first thing we learned in Newcastle United’s clash v Brighton