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Newcastle United 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: European hopefuls held at St James’ Park

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Newcastle matched the energy of the home support as they sought to end the season on a high note at St James’ Park, but they were ultimately left frustrated and must now hope this is not a result which proves costly at the end of the campaign.

For all the hosts’ intent and probing, Jacob Murphy’s speculative shot from distance represented their only attempt on target inside the opening 30 minutes.

The absence of Callum Wilson from the matchday squad, after the striker’s two goals in three appearances since returning from injury, was felt as the hosts could not build on Longstaff’s leveller which lifted the crowd before the break.

Alexander Isak was unable to maintain his goal-scoring form as both he and Longstaff were denied by Bart Verbruggen, while Tariq Lamptey made a crucial first-half intervention to halt Gordon’s progress towards goal.

Gordon did no harm to his chances of making England’s squad for Euro 2024 with another energetic and influential display. While he will not receive an assist for his part in Longstaff’s goal, his contribution was deserving of one as he darted into the penalty area before playing in Anderson.

Sixth place, should they hold on to it – they do have a vastly superior goal difference to pursuers Chelsea and Manchester United, who they face next – may yet provide Europa League football if Manchester City win the FA Cup later this month.

“I don’t think we hit the heights we needed to win it but, if anyone was going to, I thought it would be us,” manager Howe told BBC Sport.

“If you’re not going to win the game, the draw for us is really important. I think it could be a valuable point for us.”

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