Ghana winger Christian Astu lasted the entire duration of the game as Newcastle were held to a goal-less draw by Premier League newcomers Brighton at the St.James Park.

Atsu was back in the starting XI for Rafa Benitez’s side after surprisingly been benched in midweek against run-away league leaders Manchester City.

The match against Brighton was uneventful with both teams content to share the spoils.

The point takes Newcastle to 16th on the league log with 19 points after 21 games played.

By Daraja Mutari/