Brighton fans have a new manager and a new style of play.
Chris Hughton’s defensive set-up replaced by a more pressing and attacking style under Graham Potter.
However, with only one win in five games, the jury appears to still be out on Potter judging by the comments below.
A big divide as well in terms of how the Brighton fans think their team will get on today, everything from certain victory to certain defeat.
As some of them point out, it could be played out in a strange atmosphere with 10,000 or more empty seats expected.
The first goal even more important today, to help dictate how those Newcastle supporters who will be there, react to the occasion.
Interesting as well to see the Brighton fans debate whether their is rivalry/bitterness as Jamaal Lascelles suggests, from when Newcastle pipped the Magpies to the Championship title.
Brighton fans comment via their North Stand Chat message board:
‘Get in front and the reduced number of Geordies will be straight on their back. Go behind early like we did at City and it’s a massive struggle.’
‘I have a real dislike of them, probably only second to Palace in the PL.
The most entitled fans around, see themselves as some sort of sleeping Real Madrid who have no right to be scratching around at the wrong end of the division with the likes of us.’
‘Based on not much I’ve got a feeling we’re going to batter them.’
‘Steve Bruce sets up and plays in a similar way to what both Rafa and CH did. – They open up and go for a bit at home but away from home play more conservatively.
First goal will be important. I think it will stay 0-0 for a long time in the match.
This is important for both teams because if one of them loses, they start to hurtle towards the Bottom three and when you drop into the Relegation Zone, that’s when players can start to lose belief in themselves, so hopefully that can be avoided in the coming weeks.
I think both clubs would be happy with a point here.’
‘Not a chance Newcastle would be happy with a 0-0. They want and expect to win and win in a good attacking style .’
‘That’s the fans but I think Bruce just wants some steady points on the Board at the moment until he can get himself a bit of breathing space from the Bottom 3. Of course he will go for the win but I don’t think he will be displeased with a draw.’
‘Carroll is bound to get injured.’
‘Hope not. We’ve got a better chance if he plays.’
‘Carroll is bound to get injured warming up.’
‘Quayside bar down by the Tyne Bridge. Positives: Great views of the river/bridges, outdoor areas if the weather is nice, reasonable (as in cheap) food, it’s an easy downhill walk from the station. Negatives, the walk back up the hill is a tw.t, it is likely be getting busy with Stag/Hen dos on a Saturday afternoon (as most city centre bars will be) and its a Spoons.
If you want a pub with Sky Sports etc. on I would probably recommend The Goose on Percy Street. Huge pub so a chance of getting a seat, Sky Sports on, close to ground and (last time I was in) reasonably priced. I’m not saying it’s any good, I am suggesting it for convenience.
If it is of any interest, I will probably be in the Three Bulls Heads a couple of doors along, which I really likely to be pretty rammed.’
‘Jesmond. What a great pub crawl.’
‘Dreading this to be honest.
A game we won last season that was crucial to us staying up. Not winning any of our 3 home games now puts incredible pressure on the team to get something, at the worst possible time when we are down on attacking numbers through both bad luck and choice.
We’ll need some real heroes out there today to get the job done.’
‘I’d settle for a point at the moment but really looking forward to seeing how we play.’
‘Lascelles is correct about the bitterness (from Brighton fans towards Newcastle after winning Championship) … by some.
Can’t remember anyone slagging off NUFC until that season. But during and since that season, some seem to bitterly loath NUFC, Shelvey, Rafa and dream each season of their relegation.
Really bizarre … they’re 300 miles away and there’s no connection with us.’
‘They topped the table and did the double over us, so fair do’s to them on receiving the iconic old trophy. Would’ve loved that to be us, purely as icing on a very happy Albion promotion cake.’
‘The only bitterness I had was about that Diame freak goal against us at the Amex. Jammy bast..d!’
‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen a luckier goal, I mean his feet weren’t even pointing towards our goal.’
‘We gave them the title but we did beat them to the sunbeds, so meh, unbothered in that respect.
Love beating them because it’s like winning the league, FA Cup and Champions League all in one because they are so HUGE.’
‘I remember standing in the train queues last season after the game at the Amex and some Geordies wandered past chanting “Championes, Championes”. We just looked in them at confusion.’
‘I presume there will be Newcastle fans reading this.
As I hope this thread demonstrates there is no bitterness towards NUFC taking the Championship trophy. Annoyance at our own team for not pushing on after promotion yes, but we all know following a football team gives you a regular kick in the knackers.’
‘I’ll go out on a limb here and say we will look decent, we have every game this season ( apart for 25 mins against Burnley), so we should get even better game by game. Need a settled team though which is proving a problem with injuries and stroppy want away strikers. We’ll probably need Maty to be somewhere close to being MOM if we are going to win or draw though.
We could get tonked or we could do the tonking. At least you know we won’t be sticking 10 men behind the ball and hoping for a breakaway.’
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