Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March has urged his team-mates to put Newcastle United under pressure at St James’ Park this afternoon, as they look to exploit the home side’s continued search for a Premier League victory.
The Magpies have taken two points from their opening eight matches, and although March highlighted their positive first-half display at Old Trafford, he believes Albion can add to their troubles today in the north east.
He said, “They’re probably a better side than what they’ve shown, especially from watching them in their last game against Manchester United.
“They would have been disappointed to not come away with three points. Man United weren’t at their best in the first half and came back late, but they can take motivation from that.
“An away point isn’t a bad result, but it’s a chance for us to get three points. They’re probably not in the most confident state at the moment, so we need to go there and put them under pressure.
“It’s a good atmosphere, especially when the fans get behind the team. But it probably works the other way as well, if we put them under pressure and keep the ball, they’ll get frustrated and perhaps turn.”
The Seagulls last tasted league victory on the road against Swansea City last season, and March is desperate for the team to improve their away form and sees a good opportunity at St James’ Park.
“Obviously it’s not a record you want to have, but our home form kind of hides that in a way.
“The more we pick up points away from home, it will help out massively and lift us up the table.
“Newcastle away is a good chance to get points. Hopefully we can frustrate them and stay in the game for as long as we can.
“Maybe we need to be more positive, especially in the games against teams in and around us. If we can get one away win, hopefully they’ll start coming after that.”
March played the number ten role in Albion’s 1-0 win over West Ham United last time out, and the 24-year-old is keen to have more opportunities in that position after enjoying the challenge.
“It was a new role - I’d only played there once before - but I enjoyed it. It was tough going, it made me realise that Pascal [Gross] does a lot of running!
“In future, maybe I can make more of an impact in there. It’s hard getting on the ball more because the space is a lot tighter and you have to be more aware of the players around you.
“Out wide, maybe you need a little more service, but in the middle you have to force things a bit and get the ball yourself. Hopefully I get another chance there in the future.”