Newcastle United vs Brighton F.A. Cup match banter!

Posted on January 5th, 2013 | 159 Comments |

Brighton v Newcastle United in the FA Cup.
Seagulls and Magpies battle for cup glory!
Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
Date: Sat 5th January, 2013.
Kick off: 12.30pm.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wilts).

It’s time for Newcastle to forget their Premiership trials and tribulations and take a trip to the seaside, to London by the Sea to be precise, or as it’s also known, Brighton.

This third round FA cup match sees Newcastle United facing a Brighton and Hove Albion who are currently 9th in the Championship, with a recent record which reads (most recent first) W|L|D|D|D|L. In last season of course, it was Brighton who knocked Newcastle United out of the competition. Like this afternoon, it was at their place, with the Seasgulls narrowly defeating us 1-0 with an own goal by Mike Williamson separating the two sides. Let’s hope that there isn’t a repeat this time.

Speaking in the run-up to the game, Brighton manager Gus Poyet certainly seems to be taking the game seriously. He said:

“This one is tricky because it’s against a very good team and on TV, but we won’t be silly and not play our best team.”

He also said of his opponents:

“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.”

Well it’s certainly true that he is far more popular on Tyneside than one of his best friends in football, a certain Mr. Dennis Wise.

Speaking from the other side, our own Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, had this to say of the FA Cup in general:

“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.”

However, despite those words, he is currently 15th in the Premiership and plagued by injuries as it is, so unlike Poyet, he might be holding back some of his best players in what could be a very interesting match up. But we shall see soon!

As usual, I will be posting the team sheets before the game. Also this will be televised live in the UK on ITV1, so even those of you without Sky Sports or ESPN should be able to see the game. However for our overseas visitors who don’t have it, I will also be posting some links to see the game online as I usually do. Finally, I will also be posting highlights of the game, and possible a video of the whole match too when it’s all over.

So that’s about it from me for the moment, except to say:

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Brighton and Hove Albion (4-3-3): Casper Ankergren (G), David Lopez, Gordon Greer (C), Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge, Dean Hammond, Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker, Andrea Orlandi, Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes.

Subs: Tomasz Kuszczak (G), Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Will Buckley, Stephen Dobbie, Kazenga LuaLua, Will Hoskins.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi (C).

Subs: Tim Krul (G), Paul Dummett, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Nile Ranger.


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159 Responses

  1. Love the FA Cup me…. it’s very part of the fabric of the football person that I am.

  2. sirjasontoon says:
    January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    “Posted a comment on .com earlier Worky…does that warrant a life ban from .org?”

    Did you get a virtual lynching SJT?

  3. I do look on .com mainly to have a laugh,i used to post there many years ago,it is an awful blog and full of ludicrous posts.

  4. I think that’s a reflection of the bad journalism.
    I commented last week on twitter to Lee Ryder about him sucking Mike Ashley’s Knob and he never even gave me an RT .

  5. Yep ! the game is just about to start on Fox Premium.
    No messing ahbaht wif streams ere mate, we got football.

  6. brian says:
    January 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm (Edit)

    “ended up here because .com existed”

    This site probably wouldn’t be here without it Brian. I wish I’d never started now though! :-)

  7. sirjasontoon says:
    January 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    “Living dangerously already”

    Well it’s our reserve team, so it’s gannin’ to be a tight game.

  8. chuck says:
    January 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    “Yep ! the game is just about to start on Fox Premium.
    No messing ahbaht wif streams ere mate, we got football.2

    Is it about 7 AM over there Chuck?

  9. Feeling totally relaxed about this one. I’d be happy with a win, and happy with being knocked out. The worst-case scenario is a draw adding an extra match to the schedule!

  10. Agreed wellington We don’t want to be like Birmingham a couple of seasons ago the way things are in the premiership now

  11. brian says:
    January 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “its 7:48 am here and frigid cold”

    No chance of having Paul from Hollywood on here then brian. Even the Roosters won’t be up over there yet.

  12. I’m up…mainly due to an early dental appointment, but still. So looks like I may get to see us eliminated again. Brilliant.

  13. Wellington says:
    January 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    “Well, that’s a relief.”

    Wellington, it’s hardly going to help team morale very much if we lose this one as well though.

  14. For all those finding an excuse for our recent play in the quality of opposition: we’re making Brighton, midtable in the championship, look like Barca.

  15. well, so far, confirmation of a really thin team. aside from an obertan run to nowhere, no threat really. sammy’s passing is pretty awful.

  16. And why did we buy Amalfitano? Still trying to figure that out. He’s the same age as Obertan. He’s three years older than Abeid or Sameobi and two years older than Tavernier and Santon.

    Mistake, I guess.

  17. sirjasontoon says:
    January 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    “Bummed in Brighton”

    If you want to get bummed SJT, Brighton is definitely the best place to go! ;-)

  18. Worky
    yeah game started @ 7:30am eastern time, too early for our midwest guys and those who had a late night.
    Was it worth getting up for, hardly.
    Awful game, no tactical plan that i can recognize.
    Deserve to get beat if this is going to continue.

  19. tunyc says:
    January 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    “And why did we buy Amalfitano?”

    he was free tunyc, and his wages were cheap. Perhaps they were hoping that he was a bit of cheap livestock who could be sold on at a profit if he manages to break into the first team a few times?

  20. Early shower for Shola.

    How can he not fire AP?

    How are we going to avoid relegation?

    This is quite possibly the worst I’ve seen a Newcastle side play over a season. Truly pathetic. Turning this crap off now.

  21. And again, what must Debuchy be thinking. Something along the lines of “oh shit” and/or “I guess the checks will still clear.”

  22. Poor refs decision, was the rolls on the ground that did it.
    However Pardew looked happy, now he has a ready made excuse.
    Suppose it makes his job easier, schedule wise, but FFS this is the FA Cup.
    Is there no end to this shit ?

  23. Will be interesting to see if we get some record-speed waffle with AP telling us after the match how this competition isn’t important.

  24. workyticket says: “No chance of having Paul from Hollywood on here then brian. Even the Roosters won’t be up over there yet.”

    Not the case Worky, although I admit only getting up for the second half (and to feed the cat). I was watching such dismal stuff that I came to check out the match banter…

    Not feeling too cheerful at the moment…

  25. And can we please offload Ranger? Indiscretions aside, he’s just an ineffective forward. One of several who it feels like we keep to maintain the illusion of depth when we have none.

  26. when is the ref going to do something about el abd he has had a handful of shirt all afternoon

  27. ITV website say’s “sorry there’s a technical broadcast with this broadcsast”!!! no shit sherlock, technically we suck… I hope AP chokes on Mikes hairy fat balls tonight..

  28. And you know, given the personnel I kind of understand our inability to score but why oh why is our passing so horrid?

  29. Well, off to my dental appointment, which I imagine will be somewhat more enjoyable than this match, which is one of the worst I’ve seen from NUFC. But then I’m getting used to saying that about our cup matches.

    Lualua looks more dangerous than anyone in our team, just as an observation.

  30. “sirjasontoon says:
    January 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Been class Kazenga”

    looking a lot better than ranger, sammy, obertan, etc

  31. williamson gives us a goal didvantage every time he starts all those people who say he is a solid defender because he can tackle are nuts my mates rotwieller can tackle but hes never going to play for england although he may get a start for us wnk wnk wnk and sammy is still on the pitch i am thinking about joining the pardew out crew

  32. Hi all – Happy New bliddy Year!

    …Could dee withoot being in this stupid cup anyways lol!


    Since last May, 8W in 33 competitive games in all competitions, including opposition like Atromitos, Maritimo, Bruges and Brighton. 2W to 11L in our last 16 competitive matches.

  34. Sorry about that tooth, worky. Tooth pain is awful. And you have to deal with this crap side as well!

  35. I don’t know how i’ve managed to sit through this from the start, we haven’t even tried to give them a game.

    Pardew out!

  36. My first post here — Hi everyone!
    What a completely exasperating performance. It’s a mark of how things have changed that Marveaux looks like the best Newcastle player on the pitch when he has the ball. And I guess this puts the Ba-leaving-is-good-somehow issue to bed..

  37. Alright, I’m off. I’ll be back to update the odds later. I could manage this squad better than the great waffler right now.

  38. Hey Ankit. Agree with you on the Ba issue, but he wouldn’t have been playing today in such a meaningless competition!

  39. feel sorry for the lads at the game they wont even be able to go for a drink after the game without having the piss ripped out of them that was the worst performance since leeds at elland road before last season I took my 5 year old to that one and he is a manure fan now

  40. Chriiiist!

    Was looking forward to getting this over with and getting back to the fight in the EPL – wasn’t expecting to have to watch anything that bad.

    Only Biggy had a half decent game.

    I agree with sammy d about Williamson.

  41. What a joke!
    Has Pardew any respect for both the fans and the FA Cup, to put out such a side, the answer is obvious.
    TAXI ! puleez, for Mr. Useless, what a cnut.

  42. Anyone ready to defend Williamsons performance, this is what i’ve been talking bout, hold that cab, we got another passenger.

  43. Yep Brian, that’s true but the complete lack of any chances sort of puts all his goals into perspective. On the evidence of this game, it seems to me he was even more important than the stats made it seem, but hopefully the rest of the team can pick it up in the EPL. We’re definitely staring down the relegation barrel otherwise.

    To me, what’s noticeable is that the players don’t want to work hard this season. I remember last year AP wouldnt start HBA until he started to back, but lazy Sammy or Obertan aren’t half as skillful but are still unwilling to put a decent shift in. I guess the injuries mean they’re guaranteed games, which is really why we need a much deeper squad.

  44. sjt, hopefully not eight years lol, woeful again, but i didn’t expect much else.
    i was suprised to see some fans, were saying we would win 2 and 3-1, and have too much for brighton.
    we went there with a near full strength team last year, and still got beat.
    so how the hell did some think we would pull it out of the bag, this time around.
    strachan and the rest of the pundits, at itv are ripping it out of us, and rightly so.
    this side are offering very little atm, and it is starting to get worrying now.

    i hear a lot of people saying sacking pardew would be suicidal, on the other hand, is it not more detrimental to give him more time?, because he seems incapable of turning things around.
    he also has form for this happening to him, at his other clubs.
    personally i think the bloke is not all there, and shouldn’t be allowed out, on his own.
    looking at him on the touchline, he looks like a little boy lost, and someone who is completley out of their depth.

    we had a little spell when we went down to ten men, but even with eleven, we just never looked like doing anything, and they should hang their heads in shame, for the 2,000 fans, who paid their money, only to be humiliated again.

  45. chuck says:
    January 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    “Anyone ready to defend Williamsons performance”

    He wasn’t the worst player by any means Chuck, several of our players were worse than him, so why choose him in particular?

  46. Think the club should refund the travelling fans that was a disgraceful performance.

  47. cmon worky he was shit he couldnt tie saylors boot laces he is constantly caught out of position and is not quick or clever enough to recover Liability

  48. @BBCSport Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: “I thought we didn’t have enough quality players. I thought the sending off was harsh, it’s disappointing.”

    Nufc really needs to hire someone to pick the quality players to play. Shocking they’ve made it this far as a club without someone who is in charge of this….

  49. Worky, other players may have indeed had worse games. But Williamson was our captain today and supposed to be in charge of the defence. Time and time again he is caught out of position and is too slow to react. Both goals today were perfect examples. On the first he was too far away and made no effort to get to the man assuming the ball was going out – when the cross came in he had to “sprint” (I use the term loosely) to the man, and as a result was caught too close, with his momentum carrying the wrong way, and as a result the forward turned easily and scored. The second one – well that’s school boys stuff. No idea a man is behind him, tries to step forward to catch him offside thus putting him even further behind the play.

    The problem is, as you said others have bad games. But Willo consistently makes stupid errors that result in goals. Frustrating as it is, I can forgive the shite final ball from basically everyone on our team, because occasionally it results in some fluke goal like the OG at ManUre from Simmo’s shot-come-cross. But every time Willo makes a mistake, we end up down a goal. Harsh realities of the position – and yes it needs to get through 9 other players before getting to him, but the fact is, he’s just not good enough.

  50. canadaTOON says:

    Worky, other players may have indeed had worse games. But Williamson was our captain today

    I thought Shola was captain today canadatoon.

  51. canadaTOON your last four words sumup williamson and todays performance from EVERY toon player just not good enough

  52. Thanks again worky for providing somewhere for us to have a rant/moan/laugh match day would be all the more depressing without it,keep commenting everyone we cant all agree but we are all right in our own little world.HWTL.

  53. canadaTOON says:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    “The problem is, as you said others have bad games. But Willo consistently makes stupid errors that result in goals.”

    Obertan was more responsible for the first goal if anything. Fair play to that Orlandi, he was just very good and we offered no threat in attack at all, hence we were on the backfoot constantly.

    This whole Williamson and Simpson thing is just out of control now. It’s just pure scapegoating with everyone just repeating what everyone else is saying in a mob mentality. Poor Simpson was even blamed for the seven goal defeat at Arsenal, even though he wasn’t even on the pitch when most of the goals were scored! If Williamson had even played for only five minutes in that game, he would have been blamed too no doubt.

    Ashley, Llambias and Pardew are the problem, not Williamson and Simpson.

  54. i despair at the people picking on williamson i really do.

    ranger, obertan, shola, sammi, abied, santon, perch, anita all had worse games than willo.

    pardew makes two changes at half time against f**king brighton! he’s more or less conceding he got it wrong, again, against a team from a division below us (though not for long possibly).

    the manager of the year (x2) cannot organise the reserves of a premier league team to even compete with a championship side and then chooses his post-match interview to blame everything from over-acting opponents to the lengthy injury list in the most cowardly fashion.

    this man is not fit to be manager of my club.

  55. sammy d says:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “Thanks again worky for providing somewhere for us to have a rant/moan/laugh match day”

    Nee botha sammy!

  56. actually the most telling thing in canadatoon’s @135 is “But every time Willo makes a mistake, we end up down a goal.”

    that is clearly not true. that is a ridiculous exaggeration. you cannot have a sensible debate about any player when people have such unrealistic opinions.

    williamson was not responsible for us getting beaten today.

  57. workyticket says:

    Ashley, Llambias and Pardew are the problem, not Williamson and Simpson.

    Agreed worky, Williamson and Simpson are getting way too much stick right now.

  58. stewpot says:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    “williamson was not responsible for us getting beaten today.”

    It had more to do with the complete lack of attacking threat. Most of the game was played out in our half and we were on the back foot and having to defend for most of the game. We were asking for trouble.

  59. Worky
    Why him specifically ? was he not the one responsible for both goals ?
    Give it up, your only digging yourself a deeper hole.

  60. Williamson could’ve been possessed by Ivanovich, it still would end up with no goals, no attacking threat and Sammy/Obertan passes straight to the opposition. It’s not even right to blame Sammy and Obertan. What they are capable of is limited and it’s Pardew’s fault for fielding that team.

  61. chuck says:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    “Give it up, your only digging yourself a deeper hole.”

    How am I digging a deeper hole for myself Chuck? I go from from the football Chuck, not what other people say. That’s why I usually end up being proved right in the long run. ;-)

  62. As for Simpson, why link him to the argument, were talking bout Williamson here.
    Hey i like Simpson, think he’s a good steady defender, got pace, good positioning, technique.
    None of which i can say bout “W”.

  63. Obertan’s got it all, at least according to Pardew, Pace, Power, Technique.
    Too bad he’s lacking a brain.
    A footballing brain that is.
    Another guy like Jonas that ends up in a crowd and coughs the ball up, or ends up running the ball outta play for a goal kick.
    I cant figure out why Pardew did’nt start Marveaux, who needs the match practice, we couldda certainly used him earlier.
    And where was Ferguson, who also needs game time, plus hes the only guy suppling any crosses.
    You know listening to the criticism on here i believe most fans would hardly do a worse job than Pardew and he cetainly should put his hand in his pocket and refund the travelling fans.
    It’s embarrasing our FA cup runs lately, hell NUFC used to be known a a big cup side, and i’m not so sure he’s not glad to be out of it, makes the schedule easier.
    Lets see who he puts out against the Ukrainian side.

  64. brian says:
    January 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    “Oh look who just scored for Chelsea”

    And Moses, the player Ashley wouldn’t pay a penny over £1.5 million for has scored the second brian.

  65. The game was on at 6.30 here and I slept through it. Apparently, that’s what the players did as well.

  66. GS says:

    The game was on at 6.30 here and I slept through it.

    Congratulations gs i wish i did.

  67. i think it is harsh singling williamson out, most of the side put in dire performances, only anita and bigi didn’t deserve to be on the losing side, and put in a good shift.

    like many have said, the problem continues to be at the top, pardew doesn’t know any better, but ashley and llambias are beneath contempt, in what they are continuing to put this football club through.
    how much more are these two going to humiliate us?, they are even doing their best to make us look like a tin pot outfit, compared to clubs like qpr and wigan, and that is no disrespect to those clubs.
    they have no business running a football club, and should do the decent thing, and sell up, and give the club to someone who has ambition for it.