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Seagulls make sure of safety in lifeless stalemate with Magpies

Brighton 0 Newcastle United 0


Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)

Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)


Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)

Brighton banished any lingering Premier League relegation fears by grinding out a goalless draw at home to Newcastle to guarantee safety.

Albion controlled possession against the Magpies but neither side seriously threatened to break the deadlock during a dour encounter which had a distinctly end-of-season feel.

The Seagulls have been well placed to extend their top-flight adventure to a fourth campaign for a number of weeks, although manager Graham Potter had steadfastly refused to celebrate survival until it was mathematically certain.

Last night's stalemate moved Potter's men seven points clear of 18th-placed Aston Villa - who have two fixtures remaining - to end a run of three successive home losses.

Leandro Trossard and Adam Webster went closest to a breakthrough for the hosts, while Dwight Gayle and substitute Andy Carroll wasted Newcastle's best opportunities by each heading off target from corners.


Belfast Telegraph