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Amex Stadium (ATT 21,558) 28th January 2012 - Kick off 17:15 Ref: L Probert

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Newcastle United Newcastle

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M Williamson (og 76)


Seagulls soar above Magpies

Williamson's late own goal gifts Albion famous victory

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 28/01/12 7:51pm

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Mike Williamson: The defender's unfortunate own goal gifts Brighton a shock win

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.

Man of the match: Will Buckley worked the Newcastle backline all game and although he deserved to be awarded the goal but he has to settle for second best. Goal of the match: There was only the one and it was buccaneering Buckley at the heart of the move resulting in Mike Williamson's own goal. Moment of the match: Yohan Cabaye could well have been shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Adam El-Abd in the second half. Save of the match: Slovak stopper Peter Brezovan made a string of fine saves from Hatem Ben Arfa, Leon Best and Cabaye. Talking point: What does this mean for Newcastle's season? Just the Premier League to concentrate on now, so are you Magpies' fans happy with the cup exit or should Alan Pardew have gone for it from the start?

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 AlbionTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
01st Half Goals0
1Shots on Target5
3Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots6
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
74.5Passing Success82.9
56.5Tackles Success80
39.7Territorial Advantage60.3
369Total Passes502
12Total Crosses26
153Lost Balls160
43.31st Half Poss.56.7
41.32nd Half Poss.58.7

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