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Newcastle left to rue poor shooting in 1-0 Brighton defeat

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By Reuters
Newcastle left to rue poor shooting in 1-0 Brighton defeat
Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - October 20, 2018 Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey shoots at goal from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith   -   Copyright  LEE SMITH(Reuters)

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Newcastle United were left to rue a host of missed chances as a deflected goal from Beram Kayal gave Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 Premier League win at St. James’s Park on Saturday.

The defeat, Newcastle’s seventh in nine league games this season, left them bottom of the standings with two points. Brighton are 12th with 11 points.

Brighton lost Glenn Murray early on after he appeared to be knocked unconscious in a nasty clash of heads with Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez. The striker had to be carried off on a stretcher and was replaced by Jurgen Locadia.

Play resumed after a lengthy stoppage and the visitors took the lead in the 29th minute when Shane Duffy headed a corner back to Jose Izquierdo, and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net by Beram Kayal.

Newcastle should drawn level at the break but Yoshinori Muto sent his header over the bar from point-blank range after Jonjo Shelvey’s shot was parried into his path.

Newcastle desperately searched for a second-half equaliser but their efforts were in vain and they slumped to a third league defeat in a row.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor, editing by Pritha Sarkar)