Brighton sealed their Premier League status for another season with a lack-luster 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Monday evening.
Graham Potter admits the pressure of keeping Brighton in the Premier League weighed heavily on his mind during the lockdown and praised a collective effort for pushing the club to safety.
Neal Maupay could have been awarded a first-half penalty when he caught Matt Ritchie in possession and was floored by the Scot but the Brighton striker didn’t appeal and defender Adam Webster eventually had the hosts’ best effort at goal with a long-range drive 15 minutes from time.
Dwight Gayle’s header onto the roof of the net and Miguel Almiron’s flick at goal were Newcastle’s best moments either side of the break, with the goalless draw keeping them in 13th, while Brighton moves up to 15th, seven clear of the drop zone.
Dwight Gayle came close for the visitors, but glanced a header on to the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time.
Adam Webster’ long-range strike worked Dubravka and Trossard shot over, before Magpies’ substitute Andy Carroll headed a glorious chance wide from inside the six-yard area late on. The draw lifts Brighton on to 38 points, seven more than 18th-placed Aston Villa, who have two matches to play.
A fifth match without a win leaves Newcastle 13th with 44 points.