Brighton 2-0 Newcastle
5/1/13 - 12:30pm
It was a case of history repeating as the stylish Seagulls dumped an under-par Newcastle side out of the cup with an impressive display in front of the cameras.
An exquisite hooked volley from Andrea Orlandi handed the Albion a deserved first half lead, before Toon captain Shola Ameobi picked up a second yellow with an hour on the clock - Will Hoskins compounded the Magpies' misery late on by slotting in a second.
Albion looked to impose their passing game straight away, and were getting plenty of joy down the right with David Lopez venturing forward - Dean Hammond was an early beneficiary, but he was unable to keep his effort on target.
Lopez then swung in a dangerous cross that at first looked to evade everyone, before Gary Dicker popped up at the bag post to somehow scoop a header back up over Newcastle stopper Rob Elliot, back across the face of goal - where James Perch was waiting to stab clear.
The pressure was mounting from the home side, as Lopez tried his luck with a stringing drive from an extremely tight angle, that Elliot did well to hold onto at the first attempt. Ankergren had to be alert down the other end, to parry away Gael Bigirimana's dipping effort.
As the game began to fall a little flat, the Amex was lit up with a moment of pure class from Orlandi. Gordon Greer played a raking cross-field pass out of defence, which Wayne Bridge did well to hook back into the area from the byline, with Orlandi taking a touch before casually flicking the ball past Elliot into the far corner.
As half-time arrived, Pardew decided to fling on a couple more attacking players, but it was Albion who created the first real chance - Orlandi firing over with his right-foot after creating space outside the area. The midfielder then made way for ex-Toon employee Kazenga LuaLua.
The visitors' task became an even less enviable one when Shola Ameobi was sent on his way for a second yellow, catching Lopez late after the Spaniard had played the ball. It actually sparked a spell of pressure for Pardew's men, as Sylvain Marveaux had a volley tremendously blocked by the superb Liam Bridcutt.
LuaLua struck the side-netting with a low drive, before Hoskins sealed the win, calmly slotting under Elliot after being played in by a perfect slide-rule pass from Lopez. The goal rounded off a memorable afternoon for the Albion as they again take their place in the 4th round of FA Cup.
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