Newcastle United were sent to rock bottom of the Premier League table, still without a win to their name this season, after being beaten 1-0 at St James’ Park by Brighton and Hove Albion.
Beram Kayal put the Seagulls ahead on the half hour mark, and the Magpies could muster no response to going behind despite taking 27 shots in the match. However, just six were on target.
The defeat heaps yet more pressure on Rafa Benitez who must turn the club’s fortunes around quickly if the Tyneside outfit are to avoid becoming cut adrift at the foot of the table. Certainly, a goalscorer must emerge in the squad, as Newcastle have only found the back of the net six times in nine league outings this season.
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Last season’s top scorer, Ayoze Perez, had a particularly poor match against Brighton. The 25-year-old Spaniard has been in poor form all season and is attracting the ire of fans.
After the match, plenty of Newcastle supporters took to Twitter to criticise Perez’s dreadful display…
Not sure how on earth we managed to lose that game of football, Brighton probably the only team this season that were worse than us. Perez was pathetic, the decision to sub muto off was bizarre. To top it off their goal should never have stood #NUFC
— Dan Wright (@danwright1999) 20 October 2018
No plan b with Rafa, if it’s not working you should change it. Also how does Perez get 90 mins everytime despite being completely horrendous every game??? #nufc
— Steven Barnes (@BARNE5Y79) 20 October 2018
#NUFC I love the lad more often than a lot if the fan base perhaps – and he was our top scorer last season when we finished 10th.
But Ayoze Perez was atrocious today #NEWBHA
— Peter Wood (@gallowgate_pete) 20 October 2018
Don’t like slagging players, but Ayoze Perez offers absolutely NOTHING! He’s just too weak. Baffled as to how he is in the starting 11 week in week out. #Nufc
— Nathan Gilchrist (@nathang1990) 20 October 2018
Too weak, gives possession away too easily, spends too much time complaining when he thinks he’s been fouled instead of trying get ball back
— nick entwisle (@NEntwisle) 20 October 2018
Perez needs to get himself off socia media, shut up and work on his game. Totally sick of him. He’s an actual embarrassment to the shirt (as are others) #nufc
— mark nicols (@marknicols) 20 October 2018
I never want to see Ayoze Perez in a Newcastle shirt ever again. #NUFC
— Alyx (@acowan95) 20 October 2018