With Graeme Jones heading into Saturday evening’s Premier League clash knowing that the fixture would more than likely be his last in charge of Newcastle United, the 51-year-old caretaker manager would have undoubtedly been hoping for a much-improved performance than the Magpies’ resounding 3-0 home defeat last time out.
And, despite falling behind against Brighton & Hove Albion after Leandro Trossard’s 24th-minute penalty, Newcastle did put up something of a fight in the second half of the match, with Isaac Hayden’s 66th-minute strike ultimately proving to be enough for a share of the spoils at the American Express Community Stadium, with the game ending 1-1.
However, while the Magpies did make the long trip back home with a point, there were nevertheless a number of disappointing performances from Jones’ side, with the likes of Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie having games to forget on the south coast.
Although, it will more than likely be Newcastle winger Miguel Almiron most frustrated with his performance against the Seagulls, as the 27-year-old turned in an extremely abject display on Saturday evening.
Indeed, over his 74 minutes on the pitch, the right-winger was largely ineffective, managing a total of just 26 touches of the ball – nine fewer than Karl Darlow between the Magpies sticks – completing a mere 11 passes, failing with his one attempted dribble and not finding his man with his one attempted cross.
The £15.75m-rated man also lost possession of the ball on 12 separate occasions, won just two of his six duels and made one tackle.
These returns, or lack thereof, saw the man who Steve Bruce dubbed an “unbelievable pro” earn an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.2, with no player from either side – including Brighton’s red-carded goalkeeper Robert Sanchez – receiving a lower score than the £74k-per-week forward.
Indeed, in Lee Ryder’s player ratings from the fixture, the Chronicle Live journalist awarded the Paraguay international a four, as well as claiming that “it’s just not happening for him” in the black and white of Newcastle.
As such, with the club’s likely new manager Eddie Howe watching on from the stands on Saturday, Almiron will have much work to do to convince the 43-year-old he is worthy of his starting spot in the Magpies team going forwards, as the winger badly let his teammates and manager down against the Seagulls.