Newcastle United’s FA Cup dream shattered by Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion's William Buckley (left) and Newcastle United's Danny Guthrie battle for the ball.
Brighton and Hove Albion's William Buckley (left) and Newcastle United's Danny Guthrie battle for the ball.
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NEWCASTLE United’s FA Cup dream is over for another year after Alan Pardew’s side went down 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday.

Will Buckley’s 76th-minute strike, deflected past Tim Krul by Mike Williamson, was the difference between the two sides in a bad-tempered fourth-round tie at the Amex Stadium.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew makes notes on the touchline.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew makes notes on the touchline.

And to make matters worse, midfielder Yohan Cabaye could be hit with a three-game ban after TV cameras caught a kick at Adam El-Abd that was missed by referee Lee Probert in the second half.

Pardew was without injured captain Fabricio Coloccini and James Perch was handed a rare start in central defence against the Championship side.

Otherwise, Pardew fielded the same team that had been beaten 5-2 at Fulham a week earlier.

Leon Best had two early chances, but the striker was unable to hit the target and Danny Simpson, on a raid from right-back, had a fierce shot blocked by Brighton’s highly-rated defender Lewis Dunk in the 35th minute.

Newcastle, backed by 2,500 fans at Brighton’s brand-new stadium, dominated the half, but they had nothing to show for their efforts by the half-time break.

Pardew sent out an unchanged team for what turned out to be an ill-tempered second-half, with a series of tackles angering both sets of players and fans.

Cabaye – who had been at the receiving end of two crunching tackles in the first half – appeared to aim a kick at grounded El-Abd and the 26-year-old could be hit with a Football Association charge.

Krul – who had been untested before the interval – pushed away a shot from Craig Mackail Smith in the 70th minute.

Brighton got their breakthrough in the 76th minute. Simpson, on a yellow card for an earlier foul, opted not to challenge on Buckley at the halfway line, allowing the winger to race towards the visiting box.

Buckley, a boyhood Newcastle supporter, shrugged off a challenge from Cabaye and took the ball on to his right foot, with his shot cannoning off Williamson and past a helpless Krul.

Pardew sent on Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor and Shane Ferguson for the last seven minutes, but his team could not conjure up an equaliser.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION: Brezovan; Calderon, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd; Buckley, Sparrow (Navarro, 46), Bridcutt. Forster-Caskey (Harley, 65), Barnes; Mackail-Smith (Hoskins, 90). Subs not used: Ankergren, Vincelot, Agdestein, Hall.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Santon (Ferguson, 83); Cabaye, Guthrie (Gosling, 83); Ben Arfa (R Taylor, 83), Gutierrez, Best; Shola Ameobi. Subs not used: Elliot, Kadar, Obertan, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Buckley 76

Bookings: Sparrow 39, Simpson 57

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 21,558