Brighton vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Newcastle have a chance to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon if we can beat Brighton & Hove Albion.

And then with our best team out and a home draw,  we can beat any team in the competition,  so we must fancy our chances in the FA Cup this season, if we can only get some luck along the way.

When Newcastle kick off at 5:15 pm tomorrow afternoon they will be coming off their worst performance over 45 minutes this season, when they managed to concede 5 goals at Fulham in that horrible collapse.

And we have to remember that in the first 11 games of the season we only conceded 8 goals, just to show how bad it was at Craven Cottage last Saturday.

So hopefully Newcastle can give a suitable response at Brighton, and if we can play somewhere near our best, we must have a decent chance to go through to round 5.

Coloccini, the Newcastle captain,  is the only doubt for the game with a groin strain, and we expect he will not be risked tomorrow afternoon, because we have games at Blackburn on Wednesday night and a home game against Aston Villa on the Sunday afternoon after that.

We expect James Perch to come into the back four for the Argentine, but it’s a reminder to the club that we have to get a back-up center-half into the club before the transfer window closes on Tuesday, because our cover is very shallow.

The lads jetted out of Gatwick and into Tenerife immediately after the Fulham defeat, and only returned on Wednesday night, so we expect them to be refreshed and ready to go at kick off time tomorrow afternoon.

Alan Pardew has placed a high priority on the FA Cup this season, and he will field the strongest team he can muster.

This is what we think the team will be tomorrow afternoon:

Krul
Simpson Williamson Perch Santon
Ben Arfa Guthrie Cabaye (c) Gutierrez
Best Lovenkrands
Subs: Elliot Ferguson Abeid Gosling Taylor (R) Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

Peter Lovenkrands deserves a chance up front in place of the very ineffective Shola Ameobi at Fulham, but we think Davide Santon could keep his place at left back, even though he didn’t play well at all in the second half at Craven Cottage,  and we expect Ryan Taylor to be on the bench.

Davide should have learned a lot from the Fulham game, in the way the Fulham forwards were able to get behind our defense in that second half, and of course he’s still on a learning curve  at Newcastle.

The keys for the game are fairly simple – our defense needs to have a strong game, because since we played Manchester City – after conceding only 8 goals in our first 11 league appearances –  the lads have conceded three or more goals in  six of the eleven league games since then.

And that’s really not good enough.

Newcastle’s success in the first part of the season was built on our strong and unyielding defense, and we’ll have to get back to that if we are to do as well over the remainder of the season.

The other key to the game is whether our strikers can score goals, and it was left to Danny Guthrie and Ben Arfa last Saturday to get the goals, and both were very good individual goals from the midfielders.

It was excellent news that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be back on Tyneside on Monday from the African Cup of Nations.

Newcastle last won the FA Cup back in 1955 when I was middle aged, so it’s about time we had a good run in the Cup and the last time we reached the finals was in both 1998 and 1999 under Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit as the managers.

We lost to Arsenal in 1998 and Manchester United in 1999, and they were by the same scoreline of 2-0.

We’d like to see us reach the final this year under Alan Pardew, but we first have to beat a good Brighton & Hove Albion side at the Amex Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

It will not be easy.

What do you think about the game tomorrow, and let us know what your team is.

Comments welcome.



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108 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I expect Abeid to start tbh, and perhaps try Vuckic alongside Best or Loven.. Maybe just slightly behind.
    Probably Perch in for Collo.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    is anyone else as jubilant as i am that alan smith is no longer our problem

    of course he was a leader and i’m sure he’ll be missed, BUT, it just goes to show our board wasn’t as stagnant as alot of us believed and that they are looking to do the right deals for everyone involved, incoming and otherwise

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  • JackButler

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Its going to be a tricky tie, just no repeat of the Fulham 2nd half and we should be strong enough to go through 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #5

    @JB
    We’re yet to win with a convincing result this season, cup or league, i’d like to in by more than 2-3 goals. Here’s hoping!

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Gonna be a tough game if Colo is out, hopefully thats Pards talking bull again

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  • toonpanda18

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Who is going??

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #8

    kara mbodje my mate says where in for him.. no idea who he is never heard of him but he says from Senegal prob no foundation other than we get 2 dembas

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  • nden85

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    0-1 Cabaye the dreamboat

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  • alanrichie

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #10

    IS THIS GAME TELEVISED?

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Who the f@ck is paying smiths wages??

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m worried about this one. we;ll draw 1-1 , at best . I think Shola should be respected for playing through the pain barrier under Roeder, and for the fact that so many managers stuck by him but i reckon he wont perform against a lower league team. My prediction , 1-0 or more likely 2-1 . Sorry lads……:(

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t feel too good about dis one:-(

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I would like to thank Alan for his effort at Newcastle United but I think his departure is more than a plyer leaving, it is a symbol.

    He is the last of the luxury players we used to buy that added nothing to the tean other than a name and a large defecit. Gone are the days of needless spending, outrageous buys and players pocketing bucket loads of cash. I would never insinuate for one minute that he and the fellow players that have left our club since the relegation were too blame for our past prediciments but they certainly didn’t help.

    So aurevior Smith, Barton, Nolan, Owen, Duff, and the others that took us down, brought us back up and show us the errors of our excesive ways and hello to the future.

    HTL

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #15

    gaz 44 – Ive seen his name before sure he’s only young been linked with a move to prem cant think who too though

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Beattie – I second that

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    he says he’s a centre back who can play airfield if that helps… god i want t get out on the beer

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #18

    @ gaz 44

    Did you say that you were working at Benton so that you could spread rumours or is this one true?

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Beattie25- tbh I really do miss Nolan. He is a top lad and he’s celebration was the best ever!

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #20

    midfield bloody phone

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Wait till you see Cisse score and him and Ba do some African dancng at the corner flag

    Better than the funky chicken!!

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #22

    no i work at benton but i wouldn’t see anything anyway n i have only been up here a week n my mates from down south

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  • Jamie McKellar

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #23

    I think injuries have dogged Smithy’s career at us. I will be sad to see him go but to get him off our wage bill is good enough

    considering he is my favourite player, I will be watching MK Dons more often, and will be annoyed if he scored for them -_-

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #24

    see the players training like but thats it n when someone was on about there being a black land rover earlier in day i knew that wasn’t true cos nobody been here all day

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Wouldnt be suprised if Smith played upfront for MK Dons a reckon he’ll bag a few like

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Feel That I made my feelings on Mariappa clear early (definite purchase) but in case I didn’t, the man had a blinder tonight and had Adebayor in his pocket all night long!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Guys, as an Irishman, I used to like duff , and now I hate him – totally boiased by being a Mags fan of course. Apart from saying his stay at NUFC was a nightmare ( true) , and annoyingly waving his hands at other players , and losing his pace ( not his fault ) , what else can he be blamed for? Like I said, I hate the bollocks, but lots of Irish pals think I’m just a bitter tool, the way I am bitter about Sunderland, Harry Redknapp, Souness, Bellamy, Owen ( easier to defend that – what a sh1t) , Roy Keane, Mick Dennis, Martin Samulets etc ….but can anyone give me more evidence re Duff being a cock ? Tks….

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Apparently we are still paying him 57 000 a week

    That can’t be true and if it is, we should have kept him

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #29

    his dive last week

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  • santoooooooooon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #30

    @5 Dannyo

    we beat man u by 3-0! Convincing!

    reckon no changes will be made if possible, possibly ameobi out.

    reckon abeid, vuckic and fergie can get their chances. At least 2 of them.

    Possibly…

    Krul
    Simpson Willo Perch Santon
    Cabaye Guthrie Vuckic/Abeid
    HBA Best Fergie

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #31

    stoke away… convincing

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #32

    dannyo’s right though

    the only convincing victories (form wise, how we played on that evening) we’ve had have been ManU and Stoke.

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #33

    blackberry at home.. league totally outclassed them

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #34

    blackburn

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #35

    n id b happy 1-0 win with a goal off sholas backside

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  • wynsleap

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #36

    Middle aged in 1955 Ed? 56 years ago.
    How do you find the strength to write these blogs?
    Seriously, I think we’ve all aged with watching the Toon over the years!!

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #37

    I think dannyo means a 5-0 drubbing of an opposition

    The last time I remember was West Ham 5th Jan 2011

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #38

    eds quicker than bbc with all things toon thats y i loved reading the blog

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #39

    MunsterMag – lol I totally agree I wanted Duffers so badly to be our revelation on the wing but he looked like he couldn’t be chuffed to participate, and the display against Villa day we went down was typical. It was no surprise to see him get the first bus outta town but the part I really didn’t like was when he faced us for Fulham, played out of his skin ( a phenomenon we never got to see btw) and scored. Fair enough, you say. But to celebrate like he was the man who torched Hitler and his missus was inexcusable. H is a weasel to me now.

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  • Willo

    Jan 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Krul
    Simmo Perch Willo Santon
    __Cabaye _____Guthrie___
    HBA____________Fergie
    _____Best McLoven___

    McLoven off for Raylor and HBA moves further forward. Depending on how things go Abeid in for Cabaye around 80. I have a suspicion that Gosling will make an appearance.

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