Fabian Schar came to Newcastle's rescue as Brighton had to make do with a point from a dominant display on Tyneside.
The Switzerland international acrobatically hooked substitute Aaron Connolly's 74th-minute effort off the line to ensure the Premier League game finished goalless on a day when even Andy Carroll's late introduction could not inspire the Magpies.
Brighton headed off on the long journey home knowing they had left two points behind having dominated the game without being able to summon up the necessary quality in front of goal to clinch the victory their performance so richly deserved.
By contrast, Steve Bruce's men could count themselves fortunate to have walked away with something to show for their efforts from a display which was greeted with boos on both the half-time and full-time whistles by a crowd of just 43,316.
- After winning five consecutive home Premier League games between January and March, Newcastle have enjoyed only one win in their last six at St. James’ Park (W1 D2 L3).
- Brighton are unbeaten in all five of their five Premier League meetings with Newcastle (W2 D3), their joint-best record without defeat against an opponent in the competition (also 5 v West Ham).
- Brighton have won just one of their last 15 Premier League matches (W1 D6 L8), scoring just eight goals and drawing a blank on nine occasions in the process.
- Brighton have failed to find the back of the net in 33 Premier League games since the start of 2017-18, the most of any ever-present side in that time.
- Four of Brighton’s Premier League six games this season have been goalless at half-time, the most of any side in the division.
- Since their promotion to the Premier League ahead of the 2017-18 season, Brighton have seen eight of their games finish goalless, with only Crystal Palace and Southampton involved in more 0-0 fixtures.
AS IT HAPPENED
By George Pitts
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