Ayoze Pérez pounces to sink Brighton and put Newcastle top in late fightback

Newcastle United have reasserted an impression of control over the Championship. Rafael Benítez and his triumphant players strode across the turf after the final whistle here to salute a boisterous away support, the massed ranks heaving in the stand behind Karl Darlow’s goal, with that familiar chorus hailing leadership of this division having swiftly taken on a Geordie twang.

The destiny of the title was not decided here, as Benítez was quick to stress, but a significant psychological blow may have been struck. The celebrations, raucous and prolonged, revealed as much. They were fuelled by the unlikely nature of their success. Brighton & Hove Albion, top at kick-off and excellent for long periods, had led the blistering contest from early on and regularly stretched Darlow and his defence, until yielding cruelly at the last.

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