COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle earned a crucial 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Brighton at the AMEX Stadium on Tuesday evening as Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez sprung up with two late goals.
The three points have now taken them two points clear of the south coast side and moved them eight points ahead of third placed Huddersfield.
However, it was certainly an occasion to forget for certain individuals in the Magpies team and here, Football Insider looks at three of the worst Toon players from their victory.
As previously mentioned the 29-year-old did bag the all important equaliser with nine minutes left on the clock. However, to say it was a fluke goal would be an understatement. Away from his goal he also looked lacklustre every time he got on the ball with a number of poor touches and stray passes. The Senegal international will certainly be lucky to keep his place in the team against Huddersfield on Saturday and Perez would have been licking his lips while watching from the bench.
Colback has come under much criticism from the Newcastle fan base this season and it is clear why. The 27-year-old is clearly a quality behind the rest of his team and many believe it was down to his substitution for striker Daryl Murphy on the 74th minute which helped Newcastle on their way to victory. The former Sunderland man’s days are clearly running out at the north east giants and as it looks likely they will be playing in the Premier League next season he may even be sold in the summer.
The Frenchman was tasked with the job of playing in an unnatural lone striker role on Tuesday and it became apparent as to why he is usually played on the wing. The 30-year-old struggled to hold the ball up the pitch like natural frontman Murphy did after coming on. Additionally, he lacked the killer finish like a usual striker possesses as he spurned two glorious chances for his team. Fans will certainly be hoping Dwight Gayle recovers sooner rather than later, while Aleksander Mitrovic may be a better option to play upfront against Huddersfield.
In other Newcastle news, fans have also blamed Colback for their slow start against Brighton.