Neal Maupay scored twice in the opening seven minutes to set Brighton on their way to a 3-0 victory at Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Aaron Connolly wrapped up the victory with seven minutes left with the only blot on the Seagulls' copybook coming with seconds remaining when midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent-off for catching Jamal Lewis in the face with his studs
Maupay took full advantage of Allan Saint-Maximin’s woeful challenge on Tariq Lamptey inside the box to fire the visitors ahead from a fourth-minute penalty, and the lead was doubled before the Magpies could reset.
The French attacker looked to be well offside when the ball was played out to Leandro Trossard on the right, but timed his run to meet the Belgian’s cross and fire home as the flag went up, only for a VAR review to compound Newcastle's misery in the seventh minute.
Newcastle, who lost Saint-Maximin to injury 12 minutes before the break, created nothing of note as the hosts attempted to work their way back into the game – without any joy.
Miguel Almiron replaced the ineffective Andy Carroll at the break as Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who saw his team win their opening match against West Ham 2-0 last week, looked to drag the Magpies back into the game and his side immediately looked more compact.
Brighton were unfortunate not to extend their lead with 18 minutes remaining when Trossard’s skidding attempt came back off the post, but Connolly made sure of the win as time ran down with a fine curling finish after more poor Newcastle defending.
"When you're 2-0 down after seven minutes then it becomes difficult against a team who base their style on possession," Bruce said after match in which his team failed to register a single shot on target.
"We've been beaten badly at home so we have to expect what's coming. You can't go up and down, which in the 15-16 months I've been here has happened. We've gone from having a decent week to throwing in a hand grenade like that so we have to accept the criticism."