Hemed heroics see Brighton past Newcastle

  • Hemed heroics see Brighton past Newcastle

Hemed heroics see Brighton past Newcastle

Brighton & Hove Albion turned their luck around in the league as they beat Newcastle United 1-0 thanks to Tomer Hemed's second-half goal.

With tough games coming up against Arsenal and Everton either side of the global break, it was crucial for Brighton to get something from the match. 'We didn't defend well, I would say that, but at the same time there is some movement and it's a push, not a block, it's a foul, that's it, and the referee has a very good position.

For all Newcastle's protests about Tomer Hemed's victor, a referee can only give what he sees and Andre Marriner presumably did not witness a push by Brighton's Bruno in the lead-up to the goal.

However, owner Mike Ashley revealed last month that the club can not compete with the Premier League's big spenders, even with the additional TV revenue, and Benitez had to settle with just six new additions to a Championship-level squad.

Brighton moved 13th in the table with their second win of the campaign, hitting back after losing at Bournemouth in first the Premier League then the Carabao Cup this past week.

His performance may not have been as headline grabbing as against West Brom, when he scored two in their first home victory of the season, but the German was still pivotal to the win on Sunday.

"If you're a striker and scoring goals at this level it's the best feeling".

As reported by The Chronicle last month, Merino's deal will be turned permanent for £6.5million once he plays 20 competitive games, but Newcastle are set to open talks with Dortmund over signing him anyway if he doesn't reach that tally by January.

Hemed drew criticism for an incident late on when he appeared to stomp on DeAndre Yedlin.

Before Saturday's clash Brighton had not got a competitive win against Newcastle for over four years.

Gross fired a free-kick over to the far side of the box, Dale Stephens headed the ball back into the centre and Tomer Hemed reacted sharply to hook the ball home. "We are still without too much experience in the Premier League". A mistake from the Brighton defence as Lewis Dunk tries some sort of backheel.

"The team at the end were pushing, we were close to the box", Benitez said.

"They are a good side, They showed that in their last three games. We change the blocker each time", he said.

Former Stoke City striker Joselu was gifted one of the best openings of the games but fluffed his lines.

Albion players Anthony Knockaert and Shane Duffy were both booked as Albion picked up a welcome three points.