If someone had never seen a game of football before and you wanted to highlight just how amazing the sport is, this game would be very much in the “Do not touch” pile.
It says a lot about the game, when I was thinking about those old beer bottle sweets you used to get as a child, instead of concentrating on what was a drab affair at the Amex stadium. The night got better, I ended up ordering those sweets!
Brighton needed one more point to be assured of safety, as for Newcastle - They’ve had nothing to play for, for a while and that’s showed in their performances of late. Both teams simply stepped on the pitch and not a lot else happened. Both were happy with a point, Brighton for safety and Newcastle to stop the run of defeats.
Andy Carroll did put his nomination forward for miss of the season, standing in such company as Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden. Carroll somehow headed Jonjo Shelvey’s cross wide from close range.
The highlight of the evening was when Matt Ritchie committed a foul and shouted, “How have you given that, you wee dick!” Never change Matt, never change.
Newcastle’s final game of the season is at home against champions, Liverpool this weekend. I will be hoping and praying for a more entertaining affair than what was on offer yesterday evening.
This has been a strange season for everyone but probably more so for Newcastle than any other club. Steve Bruce came in to replace Rafael Benitez with little time to prepare for the season, injuries, injuries and more injuries have been suffered and not to mention the takeover saga that doesn’t look close to being resolved.
I for one, will be happy to shut the door on this campaign - At least Newcastle will be playing Premier League football next term, as that’s the only aim of this football club at the moment. A club in pure limbo with targets and ambitions at an all time low, it’s hard to even get excited about anything regarding Newcastle United these days.
We can only hope that the Premier League wake up from their coma and approve the proposed takeover soon, imminently, in a few days, next week or whatever term we’re using now.