FA CUP Match Preview/Stats/Thread: Brighton v Newcastle
January 28 2012
The 3 day footballing weekend might be focused on Liverpool v Manchester United and QPR v Chelsea, but the Television schedule’s got it right when they decided to show the Brighton v Newcastle United game at 17.15 this evening.
Newcastle travel to the Falmer Stadium without strikers Demba Ba and new signing Papiss Demba Cisse. The Senegal Internationals have been knocked out of the African Cup of Nations in the first week and will fly home this week after their final group game on Sunday. Cheik Tiote is unavailable as he continues his run in the African Cup with the Ivory Coast.
Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sammy Ameobi (hamstring) all remain side-lined, whilst Captain Fabricio Coloccini faces a late fitness test after straining his groin in training earlier in the week.
Brighton and Hove Albion could welcome back former Newcastle United winger Kazenga Lualua (hamstring) who has been out for three weeks, whilst Craig Noone (hamstring) and Vicente Rodriguez (thigh) are also expected to return.
Long term absentees Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and Gary Dicker (broken leg) continue to miss out, whilst Marcos Painter (hamstring) is also unavailable.
Both sides got through the last round in the final minutes of their respective games, with Newcastle seeing off Blackburn 2-1 at St James’ Park in the 90 minute with a Jonas Gutierrez goal, whilst Brighton came back from a goal down against Wrexham to force a replay and then extra time and penalties to get through to the 4th round.
Both managers will be striving for a win with Brighton manager Gus Poyet hoping to replicate last season’s FA Cup run by pushing through to the 5th Round, which was the first time they had gone that far in the competition in 25 years. For Alan Pardew, it would be Newcastle’s first appearance in the 5th round in 6 seasons.
Fact: Gus Poyet’s side is unbeaten so far in 2012, with 5 league and cup games.
Fact: Newcastle have conceded 7 goals in their last 2 away ties of the competition and have not won in 8 games away from home, their last was 6 years ago in Cheltenham.
I honestly think we need to field our strongest team. There are some big games this weekend with big teams quarenteed to be knocked out. Its a season where other teams do have a chance, I think we should take it.
4 Premier League teams will be knocked out this weekend regardless of other results.
If we had converted possession and dominance into goals the ref wouldn't have been a factor it's about time pardew seen what most have known for a long time ameobi + best just don't work ! And after the last few weeks showing I'd say ameobi wasn't fit for sweeping the changing room and my opponion of best is dropping quick also
Agreed. With ACON next year we need to get a quality non-African striker. No matter what we did well today we didn't look like scoring. We should have been 2-3 up at half like @ Fulham. They were there for the taking.
Substitutions were a joke. We need a goal and you take of HBA & Santon but leave on Shola & Best?!
CH's team won today easily by attacking effectively. Just sayin'...
Since ba left we have looked limp we were extremely lucky v qpr to hold out at 1-0 and against Blackburn it was only really their nerves that let them down and allowed us back in that game yet pardew still persists with best and ameobi Wtf is he thinking I'd chuck one of the under16s on over them at the min they are that bad !
if we are playing Best and Ameobi up front then we need to be playing 4-4-2 and have Raylor playing on the right and bang crosses into the box to make the most of their aerial threat!
Instead we have best out on the wing or dropping deep to get the ball and Ameobi with his back to the goal constantly with nobody to play it on to, HBA is wasted out on the right trying to run the ball into the box!
Perch and Willo had a ok game but showed what level they should be playing at!
Tunyc if CH was still in charge we would have lost that game by a larger margin, we also wouldn't be siiting where we are in the league and Alan Smith would still be starting games!
Good point about Raylor. But you see that that puts us at a disadvantage in other areas.
I completely disagree with you re: CH. By comparison AP knows nothing about tactics going forward. CH's team didn't play "beautiful football" but they weren't much further off it than AP's (look at our % of long passes this season). AND, CH put the team into a formation that took advantage of what he had personnel-wise. Defensively, AP has been a huge improvement as a coach but when it comes to going forward, he knows one system and shoe-horns any squad into it.
The irony of the situation is that when Ba & Cisse return we actually will have the personnel for a 2-forward formation.
CH spent the half the season putting square pegs into round holes when round pegs were available in order not to drop players! CH had no plan B if things weren't going right he didn't know how to change it!
would we have come back and scored for against Arsenal, i very much doubt it, would we be in the position we are now in the league? i dont think so, he's hardly setting the championship on fire with Birmingham is he?
What I'd like to know is why if it's so obvious that ameobi and best are not working why not give vuckic or as much as I hate him ranger a go upfront alongside best or ameobi rather than keep playing them together and looking clueless in attack dependent on a Guthrie wonder strike or benarfa moment of class which you can't expect every game
tunyc Did you think we really looked like scoring at any point yesterday? Was there any effort to change it up?
I agree with you, but I would like to point out that Best had two very good chances early. The first one, I think he did as well as he could, put pushed it about 2 inches wide of the far post. The second was a header that went over the bar. Once he missed those two, I never saw the others attempt to get him back into the game.
Guthrie, Perch, and Krul were the only ones I saw put in a respectable effort.
I've always been of the opinion that if you have two players that play the same way, then you don't have either. Best and Ameobi are too similar (Best is better). Cabaye and Guthrie are too similar (and the last few games, Guthrie has looked better).
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2012:01:29:19:09:14 by waffles.
Agree with waffles about best + ameobi but not about Guthrie and cabaye ! Cabaye has been a bit temperamental of late with his hissy fit at qpr and going off injured when I'm not so sure he was and again yesterday lashing out and he can blow hot and cold but A lot of French players we've had over the years have been like that and with cabaye from what I've seen it's usually when tiote is missing he struggles but when the whole squad is available I think I'd still pick cabaye over Guthrie purely because of his ability to pick out passes and playing through balls is far superior to Guthrie
Best had chances despite how we were set up. Mainly he was too far away from Ameobi to link up. The two of them looked decent individually but the tactics failed.
You can play two forwards or two deep-sitting midfielders if you have the personnel for it. Cabaye & Guthrie can both sit deep though I think it's a waste of Cabaye's ability.
I don't understand two forwards on the pitch who are both big, knock it down & turn types when we don't have two wingers who cross well and we do have a bunch of talented midfielders. Those forwards aren't prolific finishers or in any sort of form either. Again-not their fault. Doesn't help that our formation didn't bring the midfield up to attack.
We've experimented a bit more with formations of late, so credit where it's due. AP needs to be more bold imo. He's in a position of strength. With Ba & Cisse he'll have a properly deep squad going forward and should use it.
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