Atsu's Newcastle extend Championship lead as Brighton falter once again
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 17:50
Newcastle United's current points total of 76 was enough to win automatic promotion in 2007/2008 when third placed Hull City finished the campaign on 75 points, four less than Stoke City who earned a first promotion to the Premier League with a total of 79.
Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy converted a penalty with 18 minutes remaining but, with the hosts pushing hard for an equaliser, substitute Dwight Gayle scored his 21st goal of the season - extending Newcastle's unbeaten league record to 10 matches. The former Sunderland forward produced a powerful angled shot which Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward tipped over at full stretch.
"Even when they're not at their best in terms of ball possession or shots, they are able to manage results".
The home side took time to recover from the early blow, and Newcastle were determined not to let them regain the initiative. We have more games to play and more points to play for.
Newcastle made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, however, after a great ball over the top from Shelvey.
"I think the players tried and risked everything".
After Matt Ritchie had given Newcastle the lead from the penalty spot, Murphy attempted to control a long ball over the top.
"But then, it's one of those really unfortunate goals, they happen in the game".
Brighton are now in the sights of Huddersfield and fourth-placed Leeds, who won at Birmingham on Friday.
Shelvey denied Brown when he brought him down 20 yards from goal and earned a booking.
A piledriver from Philip Billing which was turned away impressively by Karl Darlow represented Town's best first-half moment. Elias Kachunga went down in the box and Mooy demonstrated composure to fire into the bottom corner for the game's second penalty, providing his side with hope.
"The referee was in a good position to see it and he has given it, so yes, it was a penalty".
David Wagner's Terriers picked up five wins and a draw during the month to get to within six points of the top two, although their 3-1 defeat to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle in the first game of March has seriously hindered their automatic promotion chances.