Summer Series

Anderson the hero as Newcastle stun Brighton in New Jersey

29 Jul 2023
Summer Series

Midfielder scores two late goals as Magpies end Summer Series unbeaten

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Elliot Anderson was Newcastle United's hero as he scored two late goals to earn a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in New Jersey in both teams' final match in the Premier League Summer Series.


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Anderson, a 20-year-old midfielder who has been at Newcastle since the age of eight, capitalised on miscommunication in Brighton's defence to net a close-range equaliser in the 86th minute.

He completed a last-gasp turnaround in the second minute of stoppage time, running on to a superb Jacob Murphy pass before slotting low past Bart Verbruggen.

It was a great moment for the mass of Newcastle fans it happened right in front of at the Red Bull Arena. 

"It's been a good tournament for me," Anderson, who finishes the tournament with three goals, said post-match.

"I'm just trying to impress when I can, working hard in the off-season. I've been trying to add goals to my game and it's paying off."

Brighton will feel disappointed to lose the match having dominated possession, having 65 per cent of the ball, and producing more shots, by 19 to 14. 

Their goal was scored by Danny Welbeck, who tapped into an empty net after a surging run and cross by Kaoru Mitoma. It was the second time the pair had combined for a goal in the United States tournament. 

But Newcastle were always a threat on the break, with Callum Wilson hitting the bar and Harvey Barnes seeing a shot deflected wide on his first start for his new club.

"I thought he did really well," Eddie Howe said of Barnes. "He was a constant threat in the game. He could have scored a couple of goals, I was pleased."

The result means Newcastle finish the Summer Series unbeaten, having come from behind in all three matches, winning one and drawing two. They top the table heading into the final day of action on Sunday in Landover.

Second-placed Aston Villa are first in action, against Brentford, before Chelsea and Fulham contest a west London derby on US soil in the last fixture of the Summer Series.

Summer Series

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Chelsea CHE 3 +3 7
2 Aston Villa AVL 3 +2 5
3 Newcastle NEW 3 +1 5
4 Brighton BHA 3 0 3
5 Fulham FUL 3 -3 3
6 Brentford BRE 3 -3 1
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