Eddie Howe reacts to Newcastle United’s Brighton draw - and that controversial Callum Wilson call

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Newcastle United claimed a point on the south coast as their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Newcastle United maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season at Brighton - but they were certainly made to work hard for it.

The Magpies played out a 0-0 draw on the south coast, but had the heroics of Nick Pope and defensive prowess of makeshift left-back Dan Burn to thank for honours staying even.

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Brighton’s Dutch defender Joel Veltman (R) clashes with Newcastle United’s Brazilian striker Joelinton (L) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 13, 2022.Brighton’s Dutch defender Joel Veltman (R) clashes with Newcastle United’s Brazilian striker Joelinton (L) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 13, 2022.
Brighton’s Dutch defender Joel Veltman (R) clashes with Newcastle United’s Brazilian striker Joelinton (L) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 13, 2022. | AFP via Getty Images

A controversial Callum Wilson goal was ruled out early doors for United but that’s as good as it got, as Brighton dominated in terms of possession, field position and chances as the game wore on.

And here’s how head coach Eddie Howe reacted to the Seagulls’ stalemate.

“I’d need to see it again,” Howe said on the Wilson decision. “My initial reaction was I thought it was harsh and given too quickly. The decision could have been let go to see what VAR said but it wasn’t to be.”

Howe added: “Always disappointed not to win but very pleased with a point in the end, especially after the second half. I thought it was a difficult second half, Brighton played very well.

“We rode our luck at times but dug in and showed a great spirit and unity. We got a valuable point.”

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