Brighton 1-2 Newcastle Player Ratings: Perez impact

Newcastle’s late comeback at Brighton saw them victorious in a crucial game at the top of the Championship – but how did players on both teams rate?

Brighton & Hove Albion

David Stockdale – a few saves in the first half, though some were straight at him. Looked error-prone out of the break and his indecision led to the equalizer. 4

Bruno – powerful strike early on forced a save from Darlow. Untested defensively until Atsu moved to the left, when he was beaten for pace for the winner. 4
Lewis Dunk – made many interceptions and passed the ball out from the back well. 7
Shane Duffy – put his body on the line and made some important blocks, but tired in the latter stages and was partly responsible for the winning goal. 5
Sebastien Pocognoli – looked steady early on and his 18th minute groin injury did not help Brighton’s cause. 8

Anthony Knockaert – not as involved as usual attacking wise, but did his fair share of defensive work. His better moments came with a clever free-kick for Baldock and a shot saved by Darlow either side of half-time. 4
Dale Stephens – decent in the first 20 minutes but waned in influence and gave the ball away in dangerous areas. Brighton’s first defeat with him starting since February. 3
Steve Sidwell – excellent in the first half. Showed a combative edge and played simple forward passes. 7
Jamie Murphy – provided a threat in the first half with his pace, but offered little after the break. 5

Glenn Murray – took his penalty confidently but aside from one or two simple touches to bring others into play, he did not offer a threat. 4
Sam Baldock – always looked to get in behind. For his pace he should have been kept on instead of Murray. 6

Fikayo Tomori (on 18) – beaten for pace by Atsu too many times before the break. Improved a touch in the second half. 4
Beram Kayal (on 82) – in theory, his arrival would have helped congest the midfield, but in practice the exit of Baldock meant Brighton had no outlets up top. 4
Solly March (on 88)

Newcastle United

Karl Darlow – made some good saves in the first 20 minutes, plus before and after half-time, to keep the deficit down. Could do little about the penalty. 9

DeAndre Yedlin – combined well down the right with Atsu in the first half, crossing for the latter shortly before the break. Less involved in the second half and looked a touch error-prone. 5
Ciaran Clark – conceded the penalty that saw Brighton take the lead, but kept his focus thereon. 6
Lascelles – did well in the first half, showed leadership qualities in the closing stages and battled hard throughout. 8
Paul Dummett – solid defensively and made one clearance off the line. Too many sideways passes though. 5

Christian Atsu – caused problems for Tomori in the first half and was lively throughout, having a hand in both goals. 7
Jonjo Shelvey – not at his influential best. Pinned deep into the Newcastle half for long spells. 4
Jack Colback – difficult to see what he offers. The team attacked with more gusto without him. 3
Matt Ritchie – heavily involved, despite playing in an unnatural left wing role. Delivery could have been better. 6
Mohamed Diame – did not have the open spaces he usually thrives on to make his powerful runs in the first half. Contrary to common opinion, his goal was a superbly-calculated flick. 5

Yoann Gouffran – lacked the qualities required to hold the ball up and when he got one-on-one with Stockdale, he did not show a striker’s instinct. Wrong position. 4

Daryl Murphy (on 74) – provided a physical presence and occupied Brighton’s centre-backs better than Gouffran. 8
Ayoze Perez (on 82) – scored the winner and ran at Brighton’s defence relentlessly. Rafa was right to be bold and go ahead with this sub even after the equalizer. 9