Match Report: Brighton's Will Hoskins exposes the poverty of Alan Pardew's Newcastle United

Brighton 2 Newcastle United 0: Newcastle find nothing in reserve as Championship Brighton romp to win

the amex stadium

Every soaring tale requires a fall guy. Compelled to quit the dance- floor early in order to catch the bus leaving Bigg Market at 2.30am, the Toon armada already felt like victims. Almost 2,000 made the 400-mile, six-hour trip. You wonder if they would have bothered had they known their team would not be turning up.

Maybe the staff and players of Newcastle United should have surrendered their luxury travel home in favour of a seat on the bus with the fans. There is nothing like a bit of terrace critique to drive a message home.

Yes, Alan Pardew was without seven first-team players and was forced to reach deep into his squad, but this defeat was not simply a matter of quality. There was no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo on the Brighton teamsheet either. What the Championship club had was commitment and desire from front to back.

And so Pardew bids farewell to the FA Cup in the third round for the second time as Newcastle manager. This was the fourth time Newcastle have faced Brighton in this competition and they have yet to progress. At least last year they made it to the fourth round before lying down.

In fact, this display was arguably worse than the defeat by Stevenage at the same stage two years ago, another carbuncle on the record of an institution who have won the old pot six times and finished runners-up on seven occasions.

Newcastle are a long way from those honeyed, post-war days of Wor Jackie and Bobby Mitchell, and Pardew does not carry the can for that, but he might pay heavily if there is much more of this. To make matters worse, the centre-forward who left them for Chelsea as soon as the transfer window opened, Demba Ba, was on his new club's scoresheet twice after they had fallen behind at Southampton.

The loss of Shola Ameobi to a dubious red card an hour into this game did not alter the course of events, it merely tipped the balance further in Brighton's favour. Their manager, Gus Poyet, might consider goals in the 33rd minute and three minutes from time underachievement given the domination his side enjoyed for all but the closing stages of the first half.

James Perch kept Newcastle level in the eighth minute, clearing Gary Dicker's header off the line. And Rob Elliott was at full stretch to gather a drive from David Lopez in the 15th minute. Setting the tempo for the home side was minimalist schemer Liam Bridcutt. The former Chelsea youngster is on the shopping list of a host of Premier League clubs. His passing and vision in front of the back four was one of the many puzzles Newcastle could not crack.

Yet the short-passing blueprint that Bridcutt exemplifies was momentarily ripped up for the opening goal, when captain Gordon Greer swept a long, diagonal ball down the left in search of Wayne Bridge. In a reprise of the form that made him an England full-back, Bridge switched on the afterburners to chase the ball down and square from the dead-ball line. Andrea Orlandi was first to react, flicking the ball up with his right foot before turning it past Elliott acrobatically with his left.

Without frontline warriors of the quality of Papiss Cissé, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tioté, Steven Taylor and skipper Fabricio Coloccini, Pardew found his second-string wanting. Gabriel Obertan and Sam Ameobi were peripheral figures, and that had nothing to do with their postings out wide. Gael Bigirimana and Vurnon Anita were busy in midfield but not creative, leading to a starvation diet for the elder Ameobi up front.

Substitute Sylvain Marveaux forced Greer into a block once Newcastle were down to 10 men and Nile Ranger headed over from a corner; not much to chew over for the fans on the long journey home. Not so the Brighton faithful, who went home doubly happy courtesy of a sweet finish by substitute Will Hoskins, picked out nicely by Lopez. As good as the pass was it should not be allowed to deflect from his shameful overreaction to the challenge of Shola Ameobi, who was red-carded for a second offence. "Disappointing to see that in a fellow professional," Pardew said. "The foul is nothing. He takes a look up, sees the ref walking over and starts rolling around. That did not help."

Neither did it alter the course of events. Brighton are progressing under Poyet in a home fit for the Premier League. He acknowledged that his team were fortunate to be meeting opposition diminished by the loss of key players, but praised the quality in his team.

"We were a bit lucky that Newcastle had so many top players missing but we stuck to our game. Though we did not create as many chances as we normally do we played well and deserved the victory."

Brighton (4-1-4-1): Ankergren; David Lopez, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt; Hammond (Crofts, 82), Orlandi (Lua Lua, 60), Barnes, Dicker; Mackail-Smith (Hoskins, 70).

Newcastle (4-5-1): Elliott; Tavernier, Perch (Dummett, 45), Williamson, Santon; Anita, Abeid (Ranger, 45), Bigirimana, Obertan (Marveaux, 70), Sam Ameobi; Shola Ameobi.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Man of the match: Bridcutt (Brighton)

Match rating: 7/10

Jeremy Paxman has admitted he is a 'one-nation Tory' and complained that Newsnight is made by idealistic '13-year-olds' who foolishly think they can 'change the world'.
peopleThe idea has been greeted enthusiastically by the party's MPs
Michael Buerk in the I'm A Celebrity jungle 2014
Arts and Entertainment
Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office after its release in 2009
filmJames Cameron is excited
File: David Cameron offers a toast during a State Dinner in his honour March 14, 2012
voicesAnd nobody from Ukip said babies born to migrants should be classed as migrants, says Nigel Farage
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Stik on the crane as he completed the mural
Happy in his hat: Pharrell Williams
Arts and Entertainment
Stella Gibson is getting closer to catching her killer
tvReview: It's gripping edge-of-the-seat drama, so a curveball can be forgiven at such a late stage
Brazilian football legend Pele pictured in 2011
peopleFans had feared the worst when it was announced the Brazil legand was in a 'special care' unit
i100(More than you think)
Brendan Rodgers seems more stressed than ever before as Liverpool manager
FOOTBALLI like Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
The Magna Carta
archaeologyContemporary account of historic signing discovered
Phyllis Dorothy James on stage during a reading of her book 'Death Comes to Pemberley' last year
peopleJohn Walsh pays tribute to PD James, who died today
Benjamin Stambouli celebrates his goal for Tottenham last night
Life and Style
Dishing it out: the head chef in ‘Ratatouille’
food + drinkShould UK restaurants follow suit?
peopleExclusive: Maryum and Hana Ali share their stories of the family man behind the boxing gloves
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game