Brighton 2 Newcastle 0

Shola Ameobi

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

At the American Express Community Stadium



Brighton and Hove Albion 2 (Orlandi 33, Hoskins 87)

Newcastle United 0



Ten-man Newcastle United exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle, with a third round 2-0 defeat away at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.


A goal in each half from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins was enough to put the Seagulls in the hat for the fourth round, and it was no more than the Championship outfit deserved after more than matching United from start to finish.


The Magpies' cause was not helped by the dismissal of captain Shola Ameobi for a second yellow card just past the hour mark, and the result could have been worse had it not been for a goalline clearance from James Perch and some impressive goalkeeping by Rob Elliot.


Newcastle had their chances, however, but Gael Bigirimana and replacements Sylvain Marveaux and Nile Ranger could not break through a stubborn home defence. 


Brighton made a lively start to proceedings, and within the opening two minutes midfielder Dean Hammond had blazed over from eight yards as United failed to clear a short corner.


On nine minutes, some impressive skill from right-back David Lopez kept the ball in play wide on the right, and he cut back inside before delivering a deep cross to the far post, which was headed back across goal by Gary Dicker.


The ball was over goalkeeper Rob Elliot and set to loop in until a brilliant headed clearance from underneath his own crossbar by James Perch.


It was one-way traffic and Elliot had to be alert soon after to hold a fierce cross-cum-shot from Lopez, who drilled the ball into the danger zone.


Newcastle's first chance came on 22 minutes, when Bigirimana picked up on a loose ball in the middle of the park, took a couple of steps forward and struck an effort which home goalkeeper Casper Ankergren could only nervously parry, with Adam El-Abd completing the clearance.


The visitors were producing arguably their best spell of the half, but it was Brighton who opened the scoring in the 33rd minute.


Captain Gordon Greer sent an outstanding diagonal attacking ball from right to left into the path of Wayne Bridge, who had rampaged forward from left-back.


The former England international sent the ball into box and Orlandi flicked it up for himself before hooking a volley past Elliot.


The Magpies were shocked and failed to provide any kind of response before the break, with manager Alan Pardew using the interval to make a double switch - introducing striker Nile Ranger and 21-year-old defender Paul Dummett, the latter for his senior debut.


Ranger's first involvement came ten minutes after the restart when the ball was nodded on inside the area by Shola Ameobi but, under pressure, the young striker shanked his volley miles over the top.


On 62 minutes United's afternoon took a turn for the worse when Shola Ameobi was given his marching orders.


Already on a yellow card, the striker - and captain for the afternoon - clipped Lopez late on the left touchline, and referee Lee Probert promptly issued him with a second caution and an early bath.


Sylvain Marvaux was introduced from the bench to try and spark the visitors into life and it almost had an immediate impact, as his close-range volley was deflected over the top by a last-gasp Brighton lunge, before Ranger nodded the resulting corner narrowly off target.


An equaliser nearly arrived in fortuitous circumstances in the 75th minute, when Sammy Ameobi's left-wing cross struck the knee of Greer and threatened to loop into his own net, until the fingertips of Ankergren intervened.


Albion doubled their lead and put the result beyond any doubt with three minutes remaining. Substitute Will Hoskins beat the offside trap to race into the penalty area and calmly slot past Elliot from close range.



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)

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