Bournemouth found themselves overloaded down the right flank and a deft lay-off from Gross released Izquierdo into the area, with the Colombia winger cutting the ball across goal for Knockaert to gleefully finish from a tight angle.
"There was more drama again today".
"We had four really good opportunities to score, so my feeling is it's two points dropped and we're hugely disappointed", Hughton said.
"We made it hard for ourselves by conceding early in both halves and, whenever you do that, you're chasing the game". "It was a game that on chances we should have won", he said. "We were strong at the end of the game and that was pleasing".
The underwhelming Afobe has been mentioned in connection with £15m moves to Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and former employers Wolverhampton Wanderers and it is possible that the soon-to-be out-of-contract Lewis Grabban will be recalled from his prolific loan spell at Sunderland and sold to the highest bidder rather than reintegrated back into the squad.
Chris Hughton's side had the better of the play, with more possession and more shots on target on the day, but were unable to get one past Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow. We should have come away with all three points.
"It becomes a very good point if we can back it up with a win against AFC Bournemouth", he said. "It can alleviate the pressure".
"The timing and the manner we conceded was disappointing.
We were the better side and I thought we deserved more".
- Bournemouth have now gone eight league matches unbeaten against Brighton (W4 D4), with their last defeat coming back in January 2008 (3-2).