NEWCASTLE (4-4-2):

6 Darlow: Made an excellent second-half save from Dunk’s header, but his distribution continues to let him down

6 Yedlin: Kept March reasonably quiet, but wasn’t able to offer much of an attacking threat in the Brighton half

7 Lascelles: Won the physical battle against Murray and was always in control of Newcastle’s defensive line

7 CLARK: An impressive display from the Irishman, who dominated in the air as the Magpies reverted to a flat back four

7 Dummett: Continued his seamless return to the side as he was shuffled back to left-back – did well against Knockaert

4 Ritchie: A below-par display that even saw his set-piece delivery drop well below its usual standard – is struggling for form at the moment

6 Hayden: The pick of Newcastle’s midfielders as he returned to the side to provide plenty of energy and effort at the base of midfield

5 Merino: Not one of the Spaniard’s better games as his touch deserted him on a number of occasions

5 Atsu: Flickered into life sporadically down the left-hand side, and delivered a decent cross to create a chance for Gayle

4 Gayle: Came close with a second-half header, but his touch was awful for most of the game and he conceded possession repeatedly

4 Joselu: Always looked to get on the ball, but never looked like scoring and his only effort sailed well wide


Perez (for Ritchie, 72)

Shelvey (for Merino, 76)

Murphy (for Joselu, 84)

(not used):  Woodman (gk), Manquillo, Mbemba, Diame.

BRIGHTON (4-2-3-1):

Ryan 8; Bruno 7, Dunk 7, DUFFY 8, Bong 7; Stephens 6, Propper 6; Knockaert 6, Gross 6, March 5; Murray 5 (Hemed 62, 4).

Subs (not used): Krul (gk), Kayal, Goldson, Izquierdo, Schelotto, Baldock.

Man Of The Match: SHANE DUFFY – The Brighton centre-half was rock-solid at the back, and won a number of headers in the Newcastle box.