Brighton vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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We suppose Newcastle can still make something of this season, if we can start climbing the league table soon, and put together some good runs in the FA Cup and the Europa League, but our main target is to make sure we are still in the Premier League next season,  and that we don’t have to fight a relegation battle through May.

We play at Brighton this afternoon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup , and that’s where we lost last January in the 4th round, when an own goal from Mike Williamson after 76 minutes, put us out, although we played a solid game that day, and were just a little unlucky to come out with a loss.

But Newcastle are getting too used to losing at the moment, and we hope we don’t have yet another loss on the books today, and of course we’ve won only two games of the last 12 played in the league, and lost nine of those.

Brighton are doing quite well in the Championship this season, and are currently in 9th place with 37 points, and just 3 points of a play-off position, and the Seagulls will be a tough test this afternoon, but to be truthful most games are tough tests for Newcastle these days,  as we continue in a terrible slump with lots of our top players missing.

Alan Pardew will give one or two of his youngsters a game today, and will rest some of the big names – but he cannot rest too many because our available player list is not very long.

21 year-old defender Paul Dummett has returned to Newcastle at the end of his loan spell with Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren, and Paul included in Alan Pardew’s squad, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Paul gets a game today.

The Newcastle born youngster performed well in Scotland, and played 19 times and scored two goals, and today is a good chance for Alan Pardew to see how much this lad has advanced during his successful loan spell north of the border.

Newcastle’s injury list is long, and Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote is unavailable, and he’s gone off to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Top striker Papiss Cisse and captain Fabricio Coloccini did not travel with the squad, and they are recovering from slight knocks.

Danny Simpson (broken toe), Jonas Gutierrez (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Dan Gosling (ankle), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are also not available for this game, and Mathieu Debuchy did not travel for the game.

This is a possible side Alan Pardew could field this afternoon against Brighton:

Harper
Dummett Perch Williamson Ferguson
Anita Bigirimana Marveaux
Obertan Ameobi (Sh) Ameobi (Sa)
Subs: Elliot Santon Tavernier Streete Abeid Amalfitano Campbell

It was hard to fill out the bench, given so many players are unavailable for this game and I almost had to put myself as a sub. 😀

Alan Pardew will want to win this game and this is what he said about the FA Cup today:

“It’s a glamorous, fantastic competition. You’ve only got to look at my history with the FA Cup to know how I feel about it. I was brought up on it so it’s very part of the fabric of the football person that I am. Unfortunately I’ve had bad luck in this competition so far and I want that to change at Brighton.”

Brighton manager Gus Poyet paid tribute to our club – which is nice to hear these days, with Demba Ba and Alex Ferguson talking about Newcastle not bring a big club:

“They are a fantastic club and every time I’ve played against them, especially in the North-East, the atmosphere is unbelievable. I was lucky enough to have the chance to score a few goals against them, so my relationship with the Newcastle fans is probably a little bit of hate from them, but I’m sure that they like me as well.”

Alan Pardew will be going for the win today – if only to remind his players what it’s like to win a game.

We’ll take anything but a defeat today, but a win would help the confidence of our players big time.

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41 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1

    @Jail
    I read in an article a few days ago that there would be a delegation travelling to tie up a few youth deals a few places in Europe.
    Could be some of these we’d had on trial late last year, i remember there was quite a few.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    I recon it will be a fairly strong team today as our next EPL game a while away.

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  • davetoon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    can’t believe the bookies have Brighton as favourites!

    I’m gonna try and clean them out!!

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    morning gents

    please be gentle with me today as i’m a wee bit delicate after all the abuse i took last night. Don’t think my heart can take much more lol

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo
    I’ve heard the same thing…..realistic list
    Sakho
    Remy – could collapse cos’ of wanting various clauses in contract – always an ominous sign.
    Mirin
    Sissoko – pre contract

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  • YorkshiresFinestGeordie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    who the hell is dummett????

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Would like to see us give a real go at a cup this year, as we are good enough to win the FA cup and the Europa league if we hit some form.
    However I understand that we don’t have a big enough squad ATM to handle loads of games, and I’m not really expecting much out of this game.
    A win would be quite a suprise really but a good one as we can build some momentum from it. If we hit the road running against Norwich there are 9 points we can play for in January. 9 points would take us up to near 10th. And still with a good few months to push up even higher.
    January is a very important month for us, here’s hoping it goes well.

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    @ptbg oh come on man NEVER take things to heart lol. Be it abuse or compliment, take it in from one ear and get it out the other. Thats good advice mate!
    PS: A couple of names might be good though !

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    So all the local press are running with the story we’re over in france trying to tie up deals for a couple of new players 1 of which MUST be a CB and i’m hoping its Sakho

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  • Tommyy

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Is Dummett not a left back?

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  • magpie6699

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Must say I did grow to hate Poyet for his headed goals against us – especially the one in the FA cup semi-final when Dyer was fouled, no free-kick given, and they went upfield and scored. I also have to say I’ve not had any complaints about him in terms of his general behaviour as a player or manager.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Christ, you dunno who the NUFCs first teamers are?!

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    On the last post…I think I’m Ok with the injury gods keeping Gosling, the boy can’t keep up with a football match at this level. Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, Bigirimana, Abeid, Jonas, Marveaux, all light years ahead of him in his position.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    the sakho deal seems to be taking an interesting twist today

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  • bambams

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it just me or have we had some really crap draws (out the hat) in cup competitions over the last few seasons?

    We always seem to be away from home and they always seem ‘ banana skin ties’

    Anyway going for 3-2 toon today.

    Proud do not let them get to you fella, I enjoy reading any rumours you or others can offer. It’s up to individuals how they rate each rumour!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Proud
    Any updates on thr transfer front?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Define interesting?

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Proud
    How close is the remy deal?

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Proud to be.

    Who else do you think we are signing this window. You was spot on about Debuchy.

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  • fog on the tyne

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    was anyone listening to talksport last night about 8oclock ish. They had some journo on blower, from the express i think who covers n.east football. He reckons we are close to signing remy for 11-13m, reckons only formalities. Somebody had a link up to call on here, it’ll around 500-600 marks on comments if anyone wants to listen. if not its on ts website

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    MutinyByLmons

    Is that Jesper?

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  • roitoon1

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Dummett is a LB. Tav will defo play i think ed. Either RB or in the centre. Also i think ranger may start. dont thing AP will start Shola twice in a week

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Just been to the bookies put 100 pound on ameobi being the highest goal scorer in the fa cup. Fully believe this is ameobi year in the fa cup.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    I hope there striker isn’t playing Craig Mackail Smith or whatever he’s called. The guys a flying machine.

    Please do not play a high line either…

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Ranger is starting today, he was proper buzzing yday and couldnt tell people why

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  • mansize scotty

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Proud don’t worry I’m right behind you when the witch hunt starts!!! Lol

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Belfast don’t worry. Craig mackail smith has nothing on our star striker ameobi now that’s what I call a machine

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    I hope Ranger starts & plays well. He should of been on far earlier the other night.

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  • jeff

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    ba to chelsea apparently

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    We could make a team from all our injuries its unreal Harper
    Simpson Coloccini Saylor Raylor
    Jonas Cabaye Gosling Ben Arfa
    Vuckic Cisse

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Proud. Aye you got a bit of a hammering last night. Don’t take it to heart. Makes no difference to me if the info you share turns out to be right or wrong. I enjoy the speculation. Not sure why people get so wound up. Everyone is different I suppose..

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    is that Rufus Drumknott at RB?

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    Proud dont worry I believe in you like I believe in ameobi

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  • sweendog

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    proudtobageordie .. i hope its good news on sakho ..

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Thespecialone

    100 pounds on Ameobi to be top scorer in FA? Hmm don’t wanna dampen your spirits but you might not make any money. Surely top scorer in the premier league would be a safer bet

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #36

    Proud

    It’s always good to hear speculation. Whether it end up right or not isnt too important

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  • breno95

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Morning all & especially our very SSN reporter Mr Proud.

    Brighton will very much be up for this game today and for that reason and the current injury list I would have those Ed has named on the bench starting the game. The likes of Anita, Marv, Obertan and Williamson, for me, would not start as knowing our luck 1 or 2 will pick up an injury.

    @ Proud
    What’s the twist with Sakho? Thought it was Remy that was a done deal with only a medical to take within 48 hours or as Transfer Sage posted last night a medical is scheduled to take place on Monday?

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    mutiny
    remy deal is just down to medical. fee and terms agreed. hopefully deal will be complete early next week
    thespecialone
    the sissoko deal is the interesting one? We wanted him tied to a pre contract to come in the summer but we could see him arrive this window tis one seems to be changing big time
    on sako we have been negotiating over this deal for the last 3/4 days and seems to be very close

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    Proud I feel like to go to the bookies and put money on remy coming to Newcastle. What do you think our chances are off getting a centre back as we urgently need one

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Mutiny

    Your right maybe I should off put money on that instead cause that is a certainty. Ameobi is our van persie

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