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Match Report - Brighton 1-0 Newcastle (Brighton Fan's Perspective)

By Andy
Sunday 29th January 2012
Brighton welcomed a 4th Premier League side of the season to the AMEX. Newcastle came into this FA Cup fourth round tie without the striker pairing of Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba,  who has scored 16 of Newcastle's 32 Premier League goals this season. Brighton have found the form they started the season with, unbeaten in 2012 and only conceding 1 league goal in 3 games.

Once again, it was Will Buckley who everyone was talking about after 90 minutes. His 76th minute strike was deflected past Tim Krul to give Brighton the lead, and it proved to be the winner.

Leon Best and Shola Ameobi were looking to fill the boots of Cisse and Ba, and Best almost made the perfect start, finding space on the edge of box and firing a shot narrowly wide. Just a few minutes later, he wasted an even better chance, heading over from 6 yards.
Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan finally made a save when Danny Simpson ran into the box to pick up a Hatem Ben Arfa pass but his shot was straight into the chest of the Albion number 1.

Brighton rarely threatened in the first half in what was really quite a dull game consisting of midfield battles as both teams cancelled each other out. However, the Seagulls were frustrating the Magpies and tempers began to fray as Cabaye kicked out on Adam El-Abd and seemed to catch the defender in the face.

The frustrations then reached the dug-outs, assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and his opposite number Jon Carver heatedly arguing over an incident with El-Abd and Best.

Tim Krul was rarely needed and only really showed his ability as Craig Mackail-Smith showed good feet to create himself space and drive a shot at goal which was parried away well for a corner.

Just five minutes later Krul was beaten, trickery from Buckley allowed him to work his way into the penalty area, his left foot shot was deflected into the net by Williamson and sent the AMEX into a frenzy.

Newcastle desperately tried to take the game to a replay, Alan Pardew made a triples substitution with 7 minutes remaining and the Toon were piling the pressure on the Brighton goal. Cabaye's shot was deflected behind for a corner by Ashley Barnes amid appeals for a penalty after it seemed to come off the hand of Barnes.

1-0 it stayed and Brighton are in the pot for the fifth round draw for the second successive season. As are Sussex neighbours Crawley Town who beat Hull City. Anyone but them please.

Brighton - 01 Brezovan, 03 Greer, 05 Dunk, 06 El-Abd, 14 Calderon, 26 Bridcutt, 10 Sparrow (Navarro 46), 30 Buckley, 35 Forster-Caskey (Harley 65), 09 Barnes, 12 Mackail-Smith (Hoskins 90+1).

Subs - 16 Ankergren, 20 Vincelot, 31 Hall, 08 Navarro, 17 Harley, 07 Hoskins, 23 Agdestein.

Newcastle - 26 Krul, 03 Santon (Ferguson 83), 05 Simpson, 06 Williamson, 14 Perch, 04 Cabaye, 08 Guthrie (Gosling 83), 10 Ben Arfa (Taylor 83), 18 Gutierrez, 20 Best, 23 Ameobi.

Subs - 35 Elliott, 16 Taylor, 31 Ferguson, 45 Kadar, 15 Gosling, 25 Obertan, 11 Lovenkrands.

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