This was simply a shocking performance by a Newcastle side this afternoon, who were out played, out fought and out coached by a Brighton team who were easily the much better side today. And to make things worse Shola Ameobi managed to get himself sent off in the second half so we have only one experienced striker available for the vital Norwich City game next Saturday – but if our lads play anything like they did today – it will be the 10th league loss in 12 games as things at Newcastle seem to be falling apart.
And in three FA Cup campaigns at Newcastle, manager Alan Pardew has lost to three lower division sides – twice to Brighton and once to Stevenage, and the sad thing today is that it wasn’t really a big shock that Newcastle lost this game.
Alan Pardew picked a lot of fringe players for this FA Cup tie at Brighton, and we wonder if he thought the team he put out could win the game, and he’s obviously protecting the PL players, but we need wins – to regain some pride and confidence around our club.
This was Newcastle’s 11th defeat in the last 16 games with just two wins, and things are not good at the moment, and we saw four years ago that when you keep losing games players get to know how to lose games and they lose their confidence – and become a really poor side.
Newcastle looked a really poor side today – with no confidence at all – and it’s quite a comedown from last season, and make no mistake – Alan Pardew now has a huge job on his hands to restore confidence to a team that is simply falling apart.
On 8 minutes Newcastle were finding it hard to get going and after just eight minutes Perch headed off the line.
And then on 16 minutes a great shot from a narrow angle on the right wing from Lopez, as Brighton were easily controlling the game.
On 33 minutes Brighton went ahead and it was a sloppy goal that Newcastle concede. as the ball seemed to be going our of play on Brighton’s left wing.
But nobody told former English International Wayne Bridge, who chased the ball and beat Williamson to it, and he put over a beautiful cross to Orlandi, whose first touch wasn’t good, but with his back to goal, he flicked the ball into the goal past Elliot.
Brighton continued to dominate the game until half time, with Gabby Obertan maybe looking Newcastle’s biggest threat, but the team looked like a side lacking in confidence, and it was a tame and uncoordinated performance.
At half time Alan Pardew brought on Nile Ranger and Paul Dummett for James Perch and Mehdi Abeid, and it was a Newcastle debut for Newcastle-born Dumnmet who’s just come back from a good spell on loan at St. Mirren.
Newcastle were definitely the inferior side at Brighton today and were well beaten by second division art Brighton today, and the fringe players who played in this game did absolutely nothing to further their claims as potential Newcastle first teamers down the road.
Shola Ameobi was given a yellow card after 47 minutes for a foul on Gary Dicker in the middle of the field, and then more disaster struck Newcastle after 61 minutes when Shola Ameobi made a lazy tackle on Lopez, and he got his second yellow card – and was sent off – so Newcastle have one experienced striker in their ranks after Demba Ba joined Chelsea yesterday.
It wasn’t too bad a tackle from Shola, but everything seems to be going wrong for Newcastle these days.
On 70 minutes the in-form Sylvain Marveaux replaced Gabby Obertan and that was Newcastle’s last change.
Newcastle were starting to press for the equalizer and a left win cross from Sammy Ameobi was deflected by a Brighton defender almost into his own goal and the goalkeeper made a great save. Newcastle were playing better with 10 men than they did with a full complement of players.
But then after 87 minutes Brighton got the second goal through Hoskins, and Mike Williamson was hopelessly on the wrong side of Hoskins, and he slotted the ball home nicely – between Elliot’s legs.
This was yet another pitiful performance by Newcastle, and Alan Pardew will need to buck his squad up, as this loss will do nothing for the Newcastle cause, which now must be to preserve our Premier League status this season.
But there again Alan Pardew put a second team out for this game – and we picked up another loss – the 11th defeat in the last 16 games and his team selection makes a mockery of his claims to try to do well in the FA Cup this season.
And at the end of this game Newcastle seemed to have given up and Brighton could well have added to their score, although Nile Ranger almost scored near the death – but the goalkeeper made a good save.
This was a simply shocking performance from Newcastle – where has the Geordie pride gone?
Alan Pardew should issue an apology to the almost 2,000 faithful Newcastle fans who made the journey down to Brighton to watch this tripe – it simply is not good enough.
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-3-3): Casper Ankergren; David Lopez, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge; Dean Hammond (Andrew Crofts 82), Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker; Andrea Orlandi (Kazenga LuaLua 60), Craig Mackail-Smith (Will Hoskins 71), Ashley Barnes
Subs not used: Tomasz Kuszczak, Lewis Dunk, Will Buckley, Stephen Dobbie
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, James Perch (Paul Dummett 46), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid (Nile Ranger 46), Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 71); Shola Ameobi (c)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Bookings: Brighton – Hammond (23); Newcastle – Abeid (40), Shola Ameobi (48)
Sendings off: Brighton – none; Newcastle – Shola Ameobi (62)
Attendance: 21,740 (1,978 Newcastle)