Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
Date: Sat 5th January, 2013.
Kick off: 12.30pm.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wilts).
UK TV: ITV1.
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!
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.