Brighton and Hove Albion (a) FA Cup Fourth Round
Half time: Seagulls 0 Magpies 0
The Albion winger then made his way into
the box - abetted by the covering Cabaye failing to get goal side and saw his goalward shot/cross diverted in by Williamson
- the Magpies centre half repeating his own goal nightmare at Stevenage in our last FA
Cup defeat just over a year ago. 0-1
"I cannot really fault my players too much in terms of the commitment they've shown, but our overriding emotion is one of disappointment. On another day we could have got the draw or nicked a win.
"It’s just a bit galling really. Brighton are very good at pulling teams around and manoeuvring the ball around but they didn’t really do that. They had to dig in and be gritty and they’ve nicked a goal on the break. You have to applaud them for that because they’ve had to defend very, very well.
"But from our side we’re scratching our heads as to how we’ve not come away with at least a draw. The attitude of the players and commitment was good. The balance was good. You just wanted that moment and sometimes it’s difficult to criticise players for not producing a moment, but that’s what was missing.
"It was tough on us. We had good
control of the game, although we were hoping to threaten the goal a little
bit more than we did. You’re always liable to get caught on the break. We
were unfortunate on the goal, I thought.
"It was a big shout from our fans, I guessed it had hit a hand. But we haven’t had one of them all year. We must have had 11 penalties against us all year, we’ve hardly had a shout for a penalty from a referee. I didn’t expect to get a break if I’m honest.
"We knew the game was important, because we have the core of our team still to come back. We had no Coloccini, no Cheick, Papiss or Demba. We knew if we could get through it with all that coming back, it would arm us. But unfortunately it got away from us.
"We’re in a good position in the
league and we need to strengthen that by getting a result at Blackburn and
hopefully against Villa too."
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye
has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in The FA Cup
Fourth Round tie against Brighton Hove Albion.
Cabaye has until 6pm on Tuesday 31 January 2012 to respond to the charge.
The charge follows the publication of comments from Albion's Adam El-Abd in various newspapers in which he claimed to have been told by referee Lee Probert that he intended to review video footage of a clash with Cabaye.
United's French international midfielder appeared to have caught the home defender in the face with his boot when the pair fell to the ground during the second half, although Probert played on.
Ahead of the charge, Alan Pardew had sought to defend Cabaye, saying that:
"I thought it was unfair – the guy was coming towards him, and he was trying to keep him away. There’s no malice in that.
"I’m disappointed the TV highlighted that, I really am. Yohan’s not that type of person. Perhaps there weren’t enough incidents in the game and they wanted to try to find something.
"As far as I’m concerned, he’s done nothing wrong.”
"It was a great night. We have so many great games so far at the AmEx, it's incredible. It's unbelievable we've only been here for six or seven months. It's massive. It's true that we beat Sunderland this year, but I think it was a different time in the season, and Newcastle have been better this year than Sunderland which just shows that it's been a very difficult game.
"There were no silly mistakes, no silly risks. They're quicker than you, stronger than you, read the game better, so it was a game that we needed to be spot on, especially in our half and we did that. That gave us the chance to go on and win the game.
"I saw players today from Newcastle, the ball was coming from another planet and they were bringing it down easily. The quality was there, the strength was there; they were unbelievable in the air and it was very difficult, so credit to the players.
"We got lucky. It was the best time to play Newcastle. Everybody knows that Mr. Ba is on fire this season, and he was not here. I like to see every good player on the pitch. When I watch games on Sunday, I like to see the top players on the pitch. When they're against me, I would like them to stay at home, so we were lucky in that too because of the timing of the game.
"Result-wise, that was the best. Performance, no. We've played better than today. Putting everything into consideration, especially the opposition and the strength, the way that we work - we really believe in the system and the way we play - it's probably up there and one of the best days at the AmEx.
"I'm always honest. I'm not going to say we were the better team. We started well, we were very brave on the ball. Then we lost it too easily, or maybe we couldn't cope with the strength of Newcastle. They put us under pressure, they had the ball, they moved it well, people changed positions, they were coming from everywhere.
"We coped quite well in the first half, not so good in the beginning of the second half. Then Peter Brezovan was there to make a couple of saves and then, of course, the game became very open. When we are the better team I don't like that. When we are not, we take advantage of the open game because we have got nothing to lose.
"(Will Buckley) was doing a few things every now and then. A few times he went past the left-back, then he switched positions. But right now he's incredible. He tries and somehow it goes in. We need to use him, and that's why he plays 90 minutes every game and why he's so important for us now.
"It was a big decision (to
sign him) in the summer, a lot of money. But last week I said he's
already paid the money back. He's going plus now! I didn't (know he
was a Newcastle fan), I'm gonna have a word with him tomorrow. It
happens sometimes when you play against your team. For some reason you get
that luck. Did he celebrate? Just checking!"
Seeking a first FA Cup away win in eight attempts, United had lined up with the same XI that began last week's loss at Fulham - save for Fabricio Coloccini (whose absence led to some half-baked conspiracy theories about him not getting cup tied - forgetting that he'd played in Round Three).
And as had been the case at Craven Cottage, there looked to be uncertainty about our formation, with captain-for-the-night Shola Ameobi in a lone striker role, Hatem Ben Arfa nominally on the right and Leon Best on the other flank. Where Jonas Gutierrez played is open to interpretation, but his central midfield positioning singularly failed to bring any dividend here.
What proved to be a half of few decent efforts saw Best flash one effort across goal before clunking a header over the bar when well-placed. Danny Simpson then saw his shot blocked by Lewis Dunk after a rare moment of inspiration from Ben Arfa in a half when we seemed intent on complying with the downbeat pre-game comment of the manager by leaving Sussex still in the competition.
An early challenge on Yohan Cabaye looked
to offend his sensibilities in the same way as was the case against QPR but he
at least played on today, albeit contributing little to our
attacking efforts. That uninspiring display was matched by fellow
midfielder Danny Guthrie, who seems to have swiftly reverted to type after
getting back in the side and obviously doesn't feel threatened by Dan Gosling.
Kicking towards the away end after the break, a brief United improvement culminated in a series of corners and a Best shot that bounced off Brezovan. From that point though it was mostly downhill, with only a pair of semi-hopeful spot kick appeals waved away by referee Lee Probert, who by then looked to have tired of Newcastle's moaning and was in no mood for charity.
An uninspiring tie that was apparently drifting towards a scoreless conclusion and replay on home turf was ultimately settled when Mike Williamson deflected Will Buckley's shot past Tim Krul.
Closer inspection of an interview in the match programme revealed Oldham-born Buckley to be an alleged Toon fan in his younger days. However, his black and white leanings never extended to visiting St.James' Park - had he put his shot in the stand, he may well have got his wish...
Lacking striking options with our
Senegalese pair still on international duty, a late triple switch
saw both Gabriel Obertan and Peter Lovenkrands remain benched - leading to
further thoughts of lip service from the manager when waffling on about
hoped-for cup success.