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