Gavin Peacock

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Newcastle head south on Saturday as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup (5.15pm kick-off, live on ESPN).

The tie is the first time the sides have faced each other in nearly 20 years, and United will also run out at the Amex Stadium for the first time, after Brighton moved in there during the summer.

Alan Pardew's side go into the game on the back of a 5-2 defeat at Fulham, while Brighton triumphed over Peterborough in their Championship clash.


This is the 17th time Newcastle have played Brighton, and the fifth time in the FA Cup, which includes a third round replay in the 1982/83 season.

Newcastle were given an allocation of 2,500 tickets for the game, which have now SOLD OUT

March 7, 1992 - Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 (Gall 78)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tommy Wright; Matty Appleby, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott, Mark Stimson; Steve Watson (Micky Quinn), Liam O'Brien, Kevin Brock, Kevin Sheedy; Gavin Peacock, David Kelly

Brighton (4-4-2): Perry Digweed; Stuart Munday, Paul McCarthy, Gary Chivers, Ian Chapman; John Robinson, Dean Wilkins, Robert Codner, Clive Walker; Raphael Meade (David Clarkson), Mark Gall

P16 W7 D3 L6 F27 A17

(Last six games - all competitions)

Brighton - WWWDWL
Newcastle - LWWWLW

Brighton (v Peterborough, Championship): Peter Brezovan; Inigo Calderon, Lewis Dunk, Gordon Greer (c), Marcos Painter (Adam El-Abd 6); Jake Forster-Caskey (Tarbjorn Agdestein 83), Liam Bridcutt, Matt Sparrow (Alan Navarro 83); Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes
Not used: Casper Ankergren, Will Hoskins

Newcastle (v Fulham, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Dan Gosling 83), Danny Guthrie (James Perch 76); Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best (Ryan Taylor 85); Peter Lovenkrands
Not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands

Brighton - Former Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua is likely be fit to face his old side following a hamstring strain, and could be joined back in the squad by midfielder Craig Noone and Spanish striker Vicente, who have also been sidelined recently. However, after being forced off early in their victory over Peterborough with a hamstring strain, full-back Marcos Painter will miss out. Midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) and defender Tommy Elphick (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini will be assessed on Friday morning after picking up a knock in training. Steven Taylor (Achilles), Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) all remain out of contention, while Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Gus Poyet, Brighton manager: "It's a cup game and you always have a chance. It's one game and with the atmosphere and the players' excitement, it will be a great game. We need to make sure that we are very good on the day."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "The cup competitions I personally really look forward to. We will be sending a strong side to Brighton and hopefully getting a positive result. They have got some really good players and are a technical team. They're not in your face, they pass it, they are patient, they try and work openings, and you have to admire that."

Lee Probert (Wiltshire) - 2011/12 record: 22 games, 74 yellow cards, four red cards

Steve Harper, Kazenga LuaLua

Brighton have failed to score in more than a third of their Championship fixtures this season, and when the opposition have netted first the Seagulls have lost 80 per cent of their league games.