Brighton 1 – Newcastle 0 – Magpies Surrender – No Cutting Edge Up Front


For the second game in a row Newcastle let their fans down badly,  as they went down 1-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium this afternoon in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

The game had been very even in the first half and then in the first 20 minutes of the second half Newcastle raised their game, but couldn’t get a goal.

Up front with Ameobi and Best Newcastle had absolutely no cutting edge once again,  and our two strikers didn’t look sharp at all – for the second game running.

And then on 76 minutes Buckley broke down the left wing and was allowed to carry the ball towards the penalty area, and his left foot shot hit Williamson and the ball was deflected past goalkeeper Tim Krul into the net for the Brighton goal.

The goal was given as a Mike Williamson own goal,  and the first goal was always going to be important, but it had looked like Newcastle would be the team to score it.

In the final 14 minutes Newcastle tried to get get a goal back but with our strikers looking poor, we hardly even went close.

But just before the 90 minutes was up  Newcastle should have had a penalty,  when a Cabaye shot was handled inside the penalty box by a Brighton player, but the penalty wasn’t given.

So for the second season running Newcastle have gone out of the FA Cup to a lower league side, and for the second game in a row Newcastle lose and have not looked too convincing in losing either.

It was a very disappointing result tonight, and at best an average performance,  in a game that was again shown live around the world on TV.

Best did have a couple of half chances in the first half and Danny Simpson also had a decent chance  in the first 45 minutes, but Newcastle never really looked like they could score today.

If we can get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse back before Wednesday night, Alan Pardew should start both of them at Blackburn,  and then try to sign another good striker in the summer – such was the complete lack of cutting edge up front his afternoon.

On the performance of the last two games Shola Ameobi and Leon Best have not got the job done for the side, and why wasn’t Peter Lovenkrands given a chance?

Leon Best showed a few times this afternoon, but Shola Ameobi had another one of those frustrating games where you wondered if he made any difference to the side at all, and that was for the second week running.

For Newcastle fans it was another big blow for the second game running,  and it was another defeat that’s very hard to take.

And with all the talk during the week about how the lads were going to do this, that, and the other – it was all for nothing.

Newcastle need to give a big performance for their fans on Wednesday night at Ewood Park,  after a second poor display in a  row – and a second defeat in a  row.

Stevenage last season  – and now Brighton – it’s simply not good enough – that’s the simple truth.

Teams:

Brighton & Hove Albion (4-3-3) Brezovan; Calderon, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd; Bridcutt, Sparrow, Forster-Caskey; Buckley, Mackail-Smith, Barnes
Subs: Ankergren (GK), Hoskins, Navarro, Harley, Vincelot, Agdestein, Hall

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1):  Krul;  Simpson,  Williamson, Perch,  Santon;  Guthrie,  Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Best;  Ameobi
Subs: Elliot,  Ferguson, Kadar,  Taylor,  Gosling,  Obertan,  Lovenrkands



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146 comments so far

  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Even Harper just said ‘we were looking to take them back up the road” Yeah im sure thats what the fans who traveled wanted to hear!

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #2

    joke pardew played for a draw n we got we deserved nothing

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Look at the bright side. We can now concentrate on been League Champions.

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  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I said b4 the game we would lose with that joka Ameobi up front and people had a right go at me! well f**k u ameobi lovers!

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Speechless

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Lovenkrands is not worse than Shola!

    He just can’t be!…ffs, you’re better than Shola!

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  • nufcburty

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #7

    One positive, Perch looked good.
    SHIT performance though.

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  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I said before the game that we would lose wwith that joka ameobi up front, and u lot had a right go at me! well fk u ameobi lovers!

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew, go sign Samba and a lb, Cissoko or Pieters. Santon should play rb, Simpson is awful. And sign Zaha as well. The subs that came on today were never going to change the game, we need more pace and attacking depth.

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  • Rightpeg-topcornish

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Absolute disgrace. Stood there and watched that gutless witless performance. That fellow followers is EXACTLY why Pardew doesn’t start Mr Ben Arfa. Useless.

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  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I would rather have Titus Bramble in defense than shola ameobi up front

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Cabaye played like a transvestite.

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  • colwell

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh well they’ll be a a few players at Pards door tomorrow, Sholla will be first to give his world renowned Blowjob been mastering for years bless him.

    Simmo will perform his weekly reach around while Williamson cleans his office for him.

    Well they have too do something to start every week!

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  • geoff777

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    3 days left in the window … still time to sell Ameobi.

    FFS let’s get shot.
    Stat ic & so easy for a Championship side to mark.

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  • TinoToon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Ameobi is just a statue. to bad for Pardew if him dont realizes that. Too coward to risk and he deserve that result.

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Ben Arfa isn’t a winger! End of story!

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    f@@k off ray stubbs

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  • brighter

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Easy to saying about tonights game.
    Its only shame.

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  • TinoToon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    BTW, prepare yourself for the 4 match ban for Cabaye.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #20

    how can SHOLA BE NUFC CAPTAIN

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  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Im almost tempted to get a blowjob from strolla myself, it must be fkin good

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  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Ba and Cisse will not be back for Blackburn.

    They have one more game to play and it’s entirely up to the Senegalese management whether they stay or not and I’m fairly certain they’ll want to stay and make up for being knocked out so early on.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    I think you’re forgetting Titus was a goal machine…at the wrong end

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  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    I want my money back. Sending the bill to Alan ‘cup is the priority’ Pardew. W@nker

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #25

    jimmyxavi, yeah, take Ben Arfa off and play Obertan… ?????

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Perch our best player.
    Everybody else was poor.

    That’s the only good thing from that match = Perch! lol

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  • gstadt

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Havent been so angry in a long time lol … we shouldnt need colo and cheik to beat a championship side. Think simpson rates himself too much, f@ck his contract and sell him to qpr. Needs to stay off twitter and focus on football. Not happy ….

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Ameobi isnt a premiership striker… Pardew is starting to play too negatively

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    @Benry,

    I think it’s my go…he must have done you lot by now.

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  • Foxy005

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s an embarrassment to the fans and to themselves without the Dembas we cannot score its ridiculous, I’m all for supporting the team when ever we’re down but to not be able to score at least 1 goal against Brighton is just simply embarrassing.

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #31

    hope pardew is happy now !!!!!!!!!

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Benry woah….thats a bit harsh 😀 but I read ya 🙂

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  • Benry

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Yea Wor Shearer, but I bet he still scored more goals than Ameobi

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  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #34

    @jimmyxavi: You do realise that he’s always played on the wing, right? The same position that got him considered one of the hottest prospects in French football? If he’s not a winger than he isn’t a footballer because he’s utter wank in the middle.

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  • Agent Stardust

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    its not pardew’s fault. week in week out we play well enough to beat most teams but we cannot link into the strikers coz those 2 are 2 of the worst i have seen.

    blame best and ameobi. it is their fault. they are useless.

    its their fault today as it was last week v fulham. even v qpr they were so so bad but best managed to scrape in a goal which could have easily been cleared. and even games before that were the same.

    all these games have the same result. the strikers are always useless and the rest are generally fine.

    get ready for blackburn. if ba and cisse arnt starting then expect the same result. and mark my words it will be the fault of best and ameobi when we lose that one.

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Benry@20. Closest I get to oral sex is, drinking a cocktail.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #37

    ba n cisse will b back they play tomorrow

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  • morningstar

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Should have played Elliot up front. Would have had more chance of scoring.

    Our strikers cost us the game.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah Cabaye does seem a bit hot headed. There was the Derry incident and today. And those arent the only two.

    He needs to learn that even if you are wronged you cant react like that.

    I wish Obertan had played. He will only get worse sitting on the bench. And Ameobi and Best jsut dont work together at all anymore.

    Hell, I heard that Perch started at the Forrest academy as a striker

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #40

    GeordieGesus yes play obertan against a champion ship team! That el adb was slow as fuc k anybody could see it! Ben arfa is better floating around finding space!

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