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

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003