One statistic has emerged from Newcastle's defeat to Brighton which sums up how bad they were at the Amex on Saturday

A damning statistic has emerged after Newcastle United lost 3-0 to Brighton in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday night, which sums up just how bad things are for the Magpies right now.

After the final whistle, Newcastle had managed just 35% possession, but the fact that Robert Sanchez completed more passes than any outfielder in black and white summed things up for Steve Bruce’s side.

The goalkeeper, who has just earned his first call-up to the Spanish national side, completed 39 passes for the home side, nine more than Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark, who both completed 30.

Steve Bruce went into the game needing a win to put four points between themselves and 18th-placed Fulham, but goals from Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay earned the points for Graham Potter’s side.

The Geordies were awful, and fans wanted a managerial change this week, with the international break usually providing a tempting opportunity for clubs to make the switch.

But it’s believed that Mike Ashley will stick with Bruce and reward his loyalty to the club. Quite how he’s shown loyalty is a question in itself, as there’s hardly likely to have been anyone looking to take Bruce from his hometown club given his side’s form this season.

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