Newcastle United 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Chances at a premium in dull draw Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 00:50 12/31/17 Getty Images Newcastle ended a run of five home defeats by drawing 0-0 with Brighton, but a point keeps them in sight of the Premier League drop zone. Neither Newcastle United or Brighton and Hove Albion could break their recent slumps in the Premier League, playing out a forgettable 0-0 draw at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Seagulls and Magpies went into the game hoping to improve on runs of one win in nine and 11 games respectively, and both looked like sides lacking in form.Rafael Benitez and former Toon boss Chris Hughton went with expansive-looking line-ups following under-powered defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively last time out, but the contest was too stretched for large parts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Karl Darlow saved from Lewis Dunk while Mat Ryan denied Isaac Hayden and Dwight Gayle at the other end, although none of the chances were gilt-edged.The Toon remain just a point above the drop zone, but they can at least be thankful to have ended a run of five successive defeats on home turf, while Hughton’s men are in safer climes, three points further ahead.FT: Albion secure another @premierleague point on the road. Ryan made two brilliant saves to keep the game level. Dunk and Duffy both went close, but neither side could find a breakthrough. #NUFC 0 #BHAFC 0 #NEWBHA pic.twitter.com/I7EDUFbcxf— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) December 30, 2017Benitez removed the shackles from his side after their safety-first outing against City, but there was little to lift anyone from their seat until Matt Ritchie drifted a promising free-kick out of play, bringing his manager to the touchline to vent his frustration.The visitors were unable to muster much better, Anthony Knockaert drifting the first half’s sole shot on target into Darlow’s midriff and Shane Duffy sending a half-volley over.Newcastle finally broke their torpor and Mikel Merino and Joselu fired off target, before the Magpies’ frailty at set-pieces was once again laid bare, only for Duffy to loop a header over the crossbar.Ryan made two superb saves to keep Brighton level in the opening stages of the second half, clawing Hayden’s deflected effort around the post and showing razor-sharp reflexes to repel Gayle’s flicked header.Darlow was solid behind Pascal Gross’ firmly struck free-kick at the other end between those chances and Hughton was first to look to his bench, replacing the ineffective Glenn Murray with Tomer Hemed.The hosts had muted penalty appeals turned down as Gayle and then Merino went to ground inside the Brighton box, but the visitors successfully held firm to preserve a point that leaves them looking down on an increasingly fraught battle against the drop. Key Opta stats:- Newcastle have now won just one point in their last six Premier League home games at St James’ Park (W0 D1 L5).- The Magpies have scored just two goals from 71 shots in their six league games at St James’ Park since the start of November (2.8 per cent)- This was the fourth time that Brighton have drawn 0-0 in the Premier League this season – a joint league-high alongside West Brom.- In fact, this was the 11th time that Brighton have failed to score in 21 Premier League games this season – the most in the competition, level with Crystal Palace and Swansea City.- Newcastle made seven changes to their starting XI in this match (from their last game vs Man City) – the most that a side has made in a Premier League game this season. read more
Chelsea ‘We missed a lot of chances’ – Hazard frustrated after Arsenal draw Joe Wright 06:24 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Arsenal Eden Hazard Alvaro Morata was the principal culprit as the Blues were held at the Emirates Stadium, a result that left Hazard less than satisfied Eden Hazard felt Chelsea created enough chances to win their meeting with Arsenal and was frustrated to leave the Emirates Stadium with a 2-2 draw.Hector Bellerin’s 92nd-minute strike rescued a point for the Gunners in a pulsating derby clash on Wednesday, after Chelsea had come from behind to lead 2-1.Jack Wilshere broke the deadlock midway through the second half before Hazard’s penalty and a Marcos Alonso goal looked to have secured the win for the visitors with six minutes remaining, only for Bellerin to equalise with a brilliant half-volley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goalkeepers Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois made some fine saves in an engrossing contest but Chelsea arguably had the better opportunities, with Alvaro Morata missing three one-on-ones and Davide Zappacosta rattling the crossbar in the dying seconds.Hazard admitted it was a disappointing outcome for the visitors, telling Sky Sports: “Chelsea should have won this game, because of the chances.”It was 50-50, both teams played a really good game. Maybe we should have scored more goals – we missed a lot of chances.”I think the last shot [from Zappacosta] should be a goal and, just before, Alvaro missed a chance. Petr did a great job today. He’s a great goalkeeper and it’s always hard to score against him.”4 – Arsenal have conceded a joint-high 4 penalty goals in the Premier League this season (level with Watford and West Ham). Spotted. pic.twitter.com/QiBTWEwYwB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2018Bellerin was pleased with Arsenal’s reaction to falling behind but felt they should have done better to keep their initial lead, with Hazard equalising four minutes after Wilshere’s strike.”It was non-stop,” said the full-back. “It’s always a hard game when we play them, always a lot of entertainment, always really hard.”It was disappointing because we should have held the score at the beginning but it was a great reaction.”We had so many chances in the first half but it was a great game of football.”Bellerin conceded the penalty by kicking the sole of Hazard’s boot as both players stretched for a loose ball, but the Spain international would not say if he felt referee Anthony Taylor made the wrong decision.”He’s very quick in the box, I saw the ball in the air and we both went for it at the same time,” he said. “The ref thought it was a pen.”Hazard was less equivocal in his assessment, adding: “We don’t need a replay – it was a penalty.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.