- match commentary
- English FA Cup
- 5 January 2013, 12:30pm
- Amex Stadium
- Attendance: 21,740
FULL TIME: We have our first FA Cup third-round shock. Newcastle's depleted resources are starkly exposed as Brighton deservedly claim their place in the fourth round. The Championship side were a class act, with Bridcutt, Lopez and Bridge particularly impressive in a slick team display. There's elation all around the Amex Stadium, but up in Tyneside, there will be real concern.
90 mins: Sniff of a chance for Ranger as he and Sammy Ameobi blunder into the box but he can't keep his shot on target.
89 mins: The outstanding Bridcutt dinks the ball into the area for Hoskins. The ball falls nicely for a lob over Elliot, but the keeper is more alert to the chance than Hoskins and smothers the ball.
87 mins: HOSKINS SEALS IT! Delightful goal. Apart from his horrible bit of play-acting that got Ameobi sent off, Brighton right-back Lopez has been a class act. It's his perfect through ball that sends substitute Hoskins in the clear, and he sidefoots underneath Elliot and into the net to send the Seagulls soaring into round four.
85 mins: LuaLua ain't keen on doing anything other than shooting. He ripples the side netting from the corner of the area after Brighton take a short corner. Newcastle's aerial bombardment has faded.
84 mins: Andrew Crofts comes on for Hammond for the Seagulls.
82 mins: Another sumptuous, lengthy Brighton move, knocking the ball gracefully across the pitch, ends when Bridge's shot is deflected wide for a corner. "Is that-8yrs-mths-wks-days-hrs or MINUTES left on Pardew's contract?" quips the persistent Chris in Exeter.
79 mins: Newcastle are populating the Brighton box and lumping it in the mixer at every opportunity. It's not particularly scientific, but nothing else they've tried today has even come close to working, so lump it 'n' hope it will be for the last ten minutes.
76 mins: Are there signs of life in Newcastle yet? Sammy Ameobi makes a twinkle-toed run down the inside left and somehow gets to the byline. He dinks in a cross which rebounds of Greer's knee and forces Ankegren to flap it away unconvincingly lest it drop inside the far post.
73 mins: Elliot humps a clearance into a packed Brighton box, the ball drops for Marveaux to slap at goal but Bridcutt (who has been excellent today) launches his body in the way to block. From the corner, Williamson heads back from beyond the far post, but Ranger can't keep his nod at goal down.
71 mins: Third and final change by Newcastle as Sylvain Marveaux comes on for the peripheral (shock, horror) Obertan.
70 mins: Mackail-Smith, who has worked himself daft for little reward up front, is replaced by Will Hoskins.
67 mins: LuaLua has looked 'up for it' since coming on, rampaging down the left at speed at the slightest provocation. If there's to be another goal in this game, I'd wager Brighton will get it.
65 mins: Newcastle, frankly, need a miracle now. Brighton are playing champange football at times, whereas the visitors, now a man down, are lacking any lustre whatsoever.
62 mins: SHOLA AMEOBI SENT OFF! A very, very harsh dismissal for the Magpies captain. His first booking was pathetic, his second is equally inconsequential. He is a fraction late on Lopez, who goes down holding his knee despite the fact contact (if there was any) was on his toe. Ameobi's trudge down the tunnel is slow and doleful.
61 mins: Another delicious Brighton passing move from back to front is only foiled by Williamson's sliding challenge on the byline left of goal. Tavernier heads the resulting corner clear.
59 mins: Kazenga LuaLua, formerly of Newcastle, replaces the goalscorer Orlandi for the Seagulls.
56 mins: A lovely turn by Briductt helps prompt a Brighton counter-attack, but as Dicker slides a dangerous pass inside the box, a timely intervention by Bigirimana dispossesses Barnes.
54 mins: Newcastle launch a big diagonal free kick into a crowded box, El Abd climbs all over Shola Ameobi and the ball falls for Rangers to smack on the volley. It's wild.
52 mins: Orlandi's clearly got the taste for goals as he cuts inside his marker and wellies at goal, but he six-irons it into the crowd. "Come on the toon! Ur the first part of a 5 team accumulator for over£300!!!! Up the Gills!!" says Steve.
49 mins: Vain appeals for a penalty as Ranger is sandwiched in between two Brighton defenders in jumping for a hanging cross. Nothing given, quite correctly. No immediate improvement from the Magpies since the break, but it's early days.
48 mins: Shola Ameobi is booked for clipping the heels of Dicker.
47 mins: Two bad omens for Newcastle - this season, they've not won a single away match in all competitions, and neither have they got anything from a game in which they've fallen behind.
46 mins: Alan Pardew has made a double change - Abeid and Perch are sacrificed for Nile Ranger and the less-known local boy defender Paul Dummett, who is actually qualified to play for Wales. Looks like a change to 4-4-2.
HALF TIME: Brighton desevre their lead at the interval. Newcastle, rocked by injuries, transfer window departures and players jetting off to the African Cup of Nations, have a distinct whiff of a reserve team about them. An upset is on the cards in good ol' Sussex by the sea. Stay tuned.
Billy Bob Bruce JR, London:"Noooo this will ruin my bet before the other games start."
45 mins: Santon and Obertan link up cleverly down the left, sending the former Manchester United misfit skating into the box. It's the sort of situation in which a defender's loose leg could easily give away a penalty, but El Abd resist the temptation, Oberaton loses control of the ball slightly and his ball across the area is cleared.
44 mins: Tavernier's cross from a very tight situation near the corner flag lands on top of the net. It's really dreary stuff from Newcastle. When their supporters' coaches left Tyneside at 1am, the passengers didn't have this sort of performance in mind.
42 mins: Brighton whip a free kick in from the lefr and Newcastle have left El Abd and Hammond unmarked beyond the far post. The former cannot control the ball, and would have been better off leaving it for the on-loan Southampton man behind him.
39 mins: Abeid is booked for a slightly late challenge on Hammond. Not sure that quite warranted a yellow card really.
38 mins: Bridcutt epitomises Brighton's spirit by sliding in to win a terrific 50/50 with Abeid, whose effort to win that tackle will not please Alan Pardew.
35 mins: Anita takes aim from 30 yards but his drive is always swerving away from goal. Bridge did brilliantly for the goal, by the way, showing that his many years of picking up a humungous wage in Man City's reserves have dampened none of his desire.
33 mins: BRIGHTON HAVE THE LEAD!! The game was ebbing into mediocrity, then the Seagulls produce a pearler of a goal. Greer's cross field ball from right to left is only just kept in by the galloping Bridge, who dinks it into the area. It's slightly behind Orlandi, but he controls it in one touch then hooks it into the corner of the net past Elliot.
28 mins: Bridge sprints half the length of the field with the ball down the left before misplacing his pass to Orlandi. Mackail-Smith then wriggles free of his marker on the halfway line before a horrendous touch enables the covering Williamson to boot it clear.
25 mins: Sammy Ameobi dinks the ball past Lopez down by the left corner flag. As he tries to ghost past him, Ameobi collapses like he's been picked off by a sniper, but receives no free kick from Lee Probert. The game has died a bit after Brighton's super start.
22 mins: Hammond was booked for kicking out at Ameobi in the build-up to that Newcastle chance.
21 mins: Newcastle threaten for the first time. Hammond is robbed by Shola Ameobi and that allows Abeid a bit of space to run into and smack a shot at goal. It's well struck but straight at Ankegren, who unnecessarily fumbles it out for a corner. It's cleared.
18 mins: The visitors simply aren't threatening Brighton's back line at all. "Newcastle look very negative. The sooner Pardew signs a couple of decent defenders and a striker, the better," says Simon in East Yorkshire.
15 mins: Extraordinary shot from Lopez. From a ludicrously tight angle, from where anyone else would surely have opted to cross the ball, he fizzes in a stringing drive. It's a superb effort, and produces an equally good stop by Elliot, into whose gloves the ball flies and sticks.
11 mins: Brighton have been vibrant and switched-on from the first whistle. Newcastle, whose line-up could easily be a reserve XI today, have started sluggishly.
8 mins: So close for Brighton! Lopez whips in a cross from the right and sweeps it all the way beyond the far post, where his opposite full-back Dicker nods it back over Elliot from the acutest of angles. Is it dropping inside the post? Perch makes absolutely sure by heading off the line. "I think magpies will win 3-1" says James in Cardiff.
Chris, exeter:"I know Xmas is over - but-aint it a long,long way 2 go 4 stuffing?"
6 mins: Newcastle finally put their foot on the ball and enjoy some possession as Sammy Ameobi makes progress down the left, then Obertan's powderpuff shot is easily gathered by Ankegren.
4 mins: Bridge's cross is knocked down by Barnes into Hammond's path, but he lifts his foot a little too high for the referee's liking as Santon comes in to challenge for it 10 yards out. The whistle goes.
2 mins: Williamson's low header from the edge of his own six yard box isn't good enough, and Brighton shuffle it back for Hammond to smack on from the edge of the area, but he skies it horrifically.
0 mins: We're off and running with the Seagulls kicking us off. Newcastle are in their burgundy away kit and playing from right to left as we look. My dad's a Brighton fan (from Mile Oak Road in Portslade, in case you're bothered) and my first ever game was aged six at the Goldstone Ground, so I've got a sneaky hope they cause an upset today.
1220: If you're looking up and down today's FA Cup third round fixtures for an upset, this, surely, has to be your first port of call. Newcastle have lost 10 of their last 13 games in all competitions and are without pretty much all of their box office players today for one reason or another. Brighton's form may be indifferent, but they beat the Magpies in the fourth round last season and have a team with plenty of experience and an impressive defensive record. Game on.
We're in good ol' Sussex by the sea for the opening tie of this year's FA Cup third round. Orange will bring you live commentary from just before kick off at 1230. Use the boxes on your right to share your cup hopes, dreams, score predictions and any other banter.
Team news:Boyhood Magpies fan Will Buckley, whose strike knocked Newcastle out in the fourth round last year, is only on the bench for the Seagulls after a hamstring injury. Former Newcastle striker Kazenga LuaLua is also a substitute against his former club. Jake Forster-Caskey and Romain Vincelot are back in Sussex following loan spells but neither make the squad.
Newcastle have made a raft of changes. There's no sign of Papiss Cisse or Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote has left for the Africa Cup of Nations, but Gael Bigirimana has recovered from a dead leg. Demba Ba's move to Chelsea has left a vacancy in attack, which is filled by Shola Ameobi. He is supported by his brother Sammy and Gabriel Obertan. Scroll down for both line-ups.