Newcastle - Newcastle was frustrated again in the Premier
League as it was held to a 0-0 home draw by fellow promoted team Brighton on
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez recalled his regulars after
resting a string of them for the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in midweek, but
those seven changes to the lineup still didn't result in a much-needed victory.
Newcastle is 16th but only a point off the relegation zone
and three of the four teams below it have played one game less.
Brighton, which is 12th, nearly emerged with a victory at
St. James' Park but Lewis Dunk's 68th-minute header was stopped by Newcastle
goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Earlier, Isaac Hayden and Dwight Gayle forced Brighton's
Matt Ryan into smart saves at the other end, but Brighton was well organized in
defense and superior for most of the game.
Newcastle has taken just 19 points from its first 21 games,
has won one of its last 12 league games, and is in danger of getting dragged
into the relegation scrap.
Brighton isn't completely safe, either, just three points
ahead of Newcastle and four points clear of the bottom three.