Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “It’s difficult to digest at the moment. We simply weren’t anywhere near good enough on the night. Fair play to Brighton, they were better in every department.
“We knew we’d have to be good with the ball. It was a very difficult evening for us and a painful one at that.
“We didn’t get after it well enough. Their tactics were very decent, they caught us out in that respect. We probably needed to get to half-time to clear a few things up, but overall we weren’t anywhere near the levels we need to be at. I take full responsibility for that. Unfortunately it unravelled very, very quickly.
“Our concentration levels to get to half-time were crucial, so to give a poor goal away sums it up. That was the concern for me, it was a little bit too easy for Brighton. That was typified by the first goal.
“We have to accept that we were nowhere near good enough tonight. We have two weeks now to see if we can get one or two players back.
“There’s a lot of disappointment. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a degree of togetherness and fight, but we’ve got to be better than we were tonight to give ourselves a chance.”
Brighton manager Graham Potter, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “Last time we were here we were disappointed with our second-half performance, but the response from the players has been fantastic. Quality, courage, attitude, everything you want. We survived a moment when they hit the post, but apart from that we deserved to win.
“All first half we were really good - alive, focused, our reactions when we lost the ball, our personality on the pitch. The only concern was that it was 0-0. The only thing missing was the goal to show the dominance we had in that first half. Thankfully we got it in the end.
“Scoring goals is the name of the game. Our performances in between the boxes have been really good, we’ve just been a bit short in the boxes. The game becomes a bit easier when you score. The second and third goals were really important for us.
“We just have to recover, analyse the game and see where we can improve. Our performances here have been quite good but we haven’t got the results. The margins in the league are so small that you have to keep looking at how you’re going to get over the line.”
On Danny Welbeck: “He’s an important player. I’m delighted for him because it was a fantastic finish. He played the role really well.”