- Albion are knocked off top spot
- Glenn Murray scores from the penalty spot
- Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez on target for the visitors
- The Seagulls lose only their fifth game of the season
Brighton & Hove Albion were knocked off top spot in the Sky Bet Championship table as two goals in the final ten minutes gave Newcastle United a 2-1 victory at the Amex.
Glenn Murray broke the deadlock with a 14th minute penalty, before late goals from Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez gave the Magpies all three points.
Albion created their first opening inside the first five minutes when Jamie Murphy whipped in an inviting cross towards Murray, but Paul Dummett got to the ball first.
Skipper Bruno came close to a first goal of the campaign with a driven strike that forced Karl Darlow into a low save.
Sam Baldock then latched onto a brilliantly worked free-kick, but Darlow palmed the ball away.
The Seagulls were rewarded for their fast start when referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot after Murray was pulled back in the box by Ciaran Clark.
Brighton’s top scorer made no mistake from the spot and sent Darlow the wrong way with his 17th goal of the season.
However, the Seagulls were dealt a blow and forced into an early change, as Sebastien Pocognoli appeared to be struggling and was replaced by Fikayo Tomori.
Matt Ritchie twice came close to scoring an equaliser, as his left-footed shot clipped the bar, before he lost his footing just as he was about to pull the trigger.
The Magpies continued to carry a threat going forward, and Yoan Gouffran took advantage of a momentary lapse in the Albion defence but saw his shot saved by David Stockdale.
The visitors raised their game after going behind and came close again through Christian Atsu, whose shot took a nick off Lewis Dunk before going wide.
Dale Stephens was next to try his luck from distance after some brilliant work by Jamie Murphy, but his shot was met with a routine stop from Darlow.
DeAndre Yedlin was lucky to avoid a straight red card when he sent Baldock tumbling, but Madley only brandished a yellow.
Murray almost got his and Albion’s second with a brilliant volley inside the box that was parried away by Darlow.
Newcastle’s movement was a constant threat and Stockdale made a fine reaction save to keep out Atsu’s shot in the last action of the half.
Following a breathless first half, the second began in the same manner when Dummett made a brilliant goalline clearance to keep out Dunk’s rising header.
Baldock then found Anthony Knockaert in space and the Frenchman cut inside before being denied by Darlow.
Stockdale almost had a horrible moment when his short backpass went straight to Gouffran, but thankfully the Frenchman failed to take advantage.
Following a spell of Albion possession on the edge of the Newcastle box, Murphy let fly from distance but his shot went way over the target.
Rafael Benitez freshened up his forward line with the introduction of Daryl Murphy, who had an immediate impact with a towering header that was saved by Stockdale.
Newcastle got the equaliser in the most fortuitous fashion possible, as a mis-hit shot from Atsu took the faintest of deflections off Diame and looped over Stockdale and Tomori into the net.
Newcastle then grabbed the winner in the 89th minute when Perez met Atsu’s cross with close-range finish, sending the visitors top of the table.
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