Seagulls soar above Magpies
Williamson's late own goal gifts Albion famous victory
By Razwan Mirza. Last Updated: 28/01/12 7:51pm
Mike Williamson: The defender's unfortunate own goal gifts Brighton a shock win
Championship side Brighton caused a major shock in the FA Cup fourth round by knocking Premier League Newcastle out of the competition.
The victory was secured late on after the marauding Will Buckley managed to wriggle his way into the opposition's box before seeing his shot take a heavy deflection off the unfortunate Mike Williamson and wrong-foot goalkeeper Tim Krul to the delight of a packed Amex Stadium.
The visitors had their chances with Leon Best, Danny Simpson and Shola Ameobi squandering the best of them.
But the Seagulls also kept the visitors on their toes with Buckley and Craig Mackail-Smith going close, before the winning goal 14 minutes from time.
As a Chelsea player in 2000, Gus Poyet's two goals knocked Newcastle out in the semi-final at Wembley as the Blues went on to lift the trophy.
And 12 years later the Brighton manager masterminded a famous win for his side to send the Magpies packing.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew, a runner-up as a player and a manager, clearly saw the competition as a realistic chance for some silverware.
He named his strongest available line-up with only skipper Fabricio Coloccini missing after he failed to shake off a groin injury.
But they wasted the few opportunities Brighton afforded them with Best the chief culprit.
Best found himself unmarked 18 yards out early on but his low drive flew narrowly wide.
Best squandered an even better chance in the 12th minute when Shola Ameobi headed the ball back across the Brighton six-yard box to his strike partner, who planted his header wastefully over the top.
At the other end Buckley skipped in between Danny Guthrie and Davide Santon far too easily but could not get his shot away.
Buckley roasted Santon again on the half-hour and this time pulled the ball back towards Mackail-Smith but Magpies keeper Tim Krul managed to gather the ball before the Scotland striker pounced.
Mackail-Smith sensed glory moments later when he was teed up by Ashley Barnes but his attempted 20-yard curler was never going to trouble Krul as it sailed wide.
Toon defender Simpson then almost surprised the hosts with a marauding run into the area but Lewis Dunk bravely blocked his shot and Gordon Greer completed the clearance.
Mackail-Smith had a shot deflected wide by James Perch and Adam El-Abd headed the resulting corner over before half-time.
Newcastle were first to threaten after the break with Ameobi again playing in Best, whose shot was kept out by the legs of home keeper Peter Brezovan, and Guthrie's follow-up shot was deflected over.
Brezovan was in action again from the corner, palming a fierce close-range shot on the turn from Ameobi round the post, and he also kept out a low drive from Yohan Cabaye.
Temperatures were starting to rise on the benches after Simpson was booked for a nasty challenge on Mackail-Smith by the touchline, before Poyet's not entirely-serious reaction to Hatem Ben Arfa falling to the ground clutching his ankle seemed to irritate Pardew.
Then Cabaye appeared to lash out with a stray foot into the head of El-Abd as both players tumbled to the floor.
Krul was called into action for the first time in the second half when he parried Mackail-Smith's near-post shot wide in the 70th minute.
And five minutes later Krul was beaten when Buckley got the piece of luck his barnstorming run probably deserved.
The £1million summer signing from Watford picked up the ball in his own half
and charged forward into the Newcastle area before side-stepping Cabaye. His shot looked to be going wide but it took a huge deflection off Williamson to wrong-foot Krul and bounce into the net.
Newcastle had a late penalty shout when Cabaye's shot hit Barnes' arm but the Seagulls survived to reach the last 16 for the second successive year.
|Brighton and Hove Albion||Team Statistics||Newcastle United|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|1||Shots on Target||5|
|3||Shots off Target||4|
|43.3||1st Half Poss.||56.7|
|41.3||2nd Half Poss.||58.7|
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