NEWCASTLE fans continued their protest against owner Mike Ashley as the club had their lowest Premier League attendance for nine years.
Brighton were in town for Saturday’s evening kick-off – but it didn’t appeal to thousands of Toon fans.
There were rows and rows of empty seats at St James’ Park, fans still wanting Ashley out but many not impressed with Steve Bruce’s start as boss.
The attendance was given as 43,316.
And judging by the first half and the 0-0 final result, they were right to stay away.
The Magpies struggled to string a pass together and were lacking any sort of potent threat up front.
The only surprise was that Brighton didn’t head into the half-time interval in the lead, with Davy Propper, Aaron Mooy and Neal Maupay spurning their best chances.
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In fact the home side had only 22 per cent possession in another frustrating first 45 minutes.
The biggest cheers around the ground were reserved for returning hero Andy Carroll as he warmed up after being named on the bench for the first time since rejoining his boyhood club.
But he didn’t join the action until the 81st minute, coming on for defender Jetro Willems as the Geordies attempted to win the game.
But they couldn’t do that, and the fans showed their dismay at the full-time whistle by booing the team off after the 0-0 draw.
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SunSport reported this summer how Newcastle owner Ashley was in talks to sell the club to the Bin Zayed Group – fronted up by multi-billionaire Sheikh Khaled.
The group claimed they have already provided proof of funding to the Premier League and even reassured desperate Newcastle fans that their purchase is going ahead.
But all talk of new beginnings has gone quiet in recent weeks, and the embattled Ashley still remains at the helm.
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