NEWCASTLE missed a golden likelihood to tug away from hassle as they had been held by Brighton.
Toon stars Isaac Hayden and Dwight Gayle each compelled Mat Ryan into very good second-half saves.
However Rafa Benitez’s boys had been unable to interrupt the impasse in opposition to their fellow newly-promoted opponents and relegation rivals.
And whereas this stalemate means Newcastle have stopped a run of 5 straight residence defeats, they’ve now gained simply one among their final 12 matches and stay solely a degree exterior the drop zone.
Brighton, in the meantime, are in equally poor kind and have been victorious as soon as of their final ten video games.
But Chris Hughton’s facet sit three factors forward of his outdated membership, and are 4 above the underside three.
They may actually have left St James’ Park the happier staff after choosing up what may show to be a treasured level.
Benitez, although, shall be nervous by this consequence, particularly after making SEVEN adjustments from Wednesday evening’s defeat to Manchester Metropolis, having prioritised this match.
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The Toon solely created half possibilities within the opening half, with Gayle forcing one save out of Ryan from a decent angle and Mikel Merino and Joselu taking pictures broad from the sting of the field.
However on the different finish, Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert made keeper Karl Darlow work with a strong drive by way of a field of our bodies, whereas Shane Duffy headed simply over from Pascal Gross’ nook.
The Seagulls, although, had been indebted to their stopper Ryan for protecting the scores degree after the break.
From a deflected Isaac Hayden strike, the Aussie obtained down properly to tip broad having been wrong-footed.
And Ryan produced a fair higher cease minutes later, diving one-handed to beat away Gayle’s close-range header from Christian Atsu’s cross.
Brighton fancied nicking a winner of their very own when Duffy flicked on to Lewis Dunk, however the defender’s header was crushed away unconvincingly by Darlow.