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Albion v Newcastle - from The Amex
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- Full-time: Albion 2 Newcastle 0
- Orlandi strike rewards hosts' bright start (33)
- Midfielder nets with a cleverly improvised flick
- Shola Ameobi sent off for 2nd yellow (64)
- Hoskins adds late second
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Apologies for a late break in service towards the end of the game due to - what it has to be said - were very rare connection problems here. But, like Albion, we got there in the end after just a few anxious moments!
Albion will take their place in the fourth round draw tomorrow - with Crawley and Hastings preparing to kick-off on Sussex's "Super Saturday"
Ankergren ensured a clean sheet with a fine save from Ranger in the final moments.
LuaLua, getting through some good work, fired a low shot just wide of the near post with some fans thinking the ball had gone in as it rippled the outside of the side-netting. But Albion soothed nerves when HOSKINS produced a cool finish from David's neat through ball in the 87th minute.
Crofts replaced Hammond in the 83rd minute.
The hosts at last had a period of possession. They got the ball out to David, who intelligently stretched play back to the left with a pass to LuaLua. The sub rolled the ball back to Bridge whose deflected shot was not far wide of the far post.
It's a real Cup tie all of a sudden, because at last Newcastle are making a fist of it. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Nerves were on edge now among the home support.
Greer then deflected an awkward cross perilously towards his own goal but Ankergren reached out his left hand to swat it away from the top corner.
Att: 21,740 (1,978 away)
Newcastle were now the more forceful team.
Marveaux would have made a big impact very quickly but for great work by Briductt. The Frenchman let fly with a goalbound volley as the ball was allowed to bounce around the Albion area but Bridcutt flung himself into the path of the shot, which caught his leg and deflected over. Anita headed over from the flag kick.
Hoskins replaced Mackail-Smith in the 71st minute while Marveaux - clearly popular with the away fans - went on for Toon with Obertan making way.
Albion, though, had let slip too many leads this season for their fans to be totally comfortable with the 1-0 advantage going into the final quarter of the tie.
Santon, as predicted, looking dodgy trying to deal with Kazenga. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Choruses of Sussex By The Sea were booming around The Amex as Albion sensed the tie was there for the taking.
LuaLua's first action was to win a corner on the left - and that was to have repercussions for Newcastle. David was still on that side of the pitch seconds later when he was caught late by Shola Ameobi, who was shown a second yellow and subsequent red on 64 minutes.
Orlandi was giving a standing ovation as his contribution ended and LuaLua a big cheer as his started when Albion made their first switch on the hour.
Albion then threatened as Dicker burst through the middle and spread play left to Orlandi. The Spaniard looked to thread a return pass in from the left but the hard-working Bigirimana got across to nick the ball away from Dicker on the edge of the box.
It had been quite a quiet opening to the half although Ranger sent a shot horribly high over the bar right in front of the Toon fans in the South Stand.
Shola Ameobi was booked for a foul on Dicker in midfield in the 47th minute.
RT @NUFCOfficial: #NUFC Dummett will play at left back, with Tavernier moved into centre-half alongside Williamson. #facup #newcastle #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Newcastle were out early for the second half, with a few choice words no doubt from their leader. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Albion thought they had got Mackail-Smith in on goal after a neat move involving Dicker - but the striker was blocked off and ref Probert was happy there was no foul.
Second half in progress. Newcastle have brought on Ranger and Dummett for Abeid and Perch
There was a minor alarm for the Seagulls in the one added minute as Santon's nice pass got Obertan in behind the right side of the defence. David recovered to get a foot in and ease the ball away from the Toon man before El-Abd completed the clearance.
Newcastle looked for a quick reply but Shola Ameobi's low on-target but underhit effort was easy for Ankergren to gather.
Abeid was booked for a foul - and the hosts might have doubled their lead moments later. Orlandi's deep free-kick found the runs of both El-Abd and Hammond beyond the last defender. But El-Abd looked to control the dropping ball rather than use his head and the ball bounced off him for a goal kick.
Greer played a glorious long, angled pass to send Bridge scurrying to the byline, the left-back hooked the ball back across and ORLANDI controlled before, with his back to goal, guiding a superb flick/volley with his left foot across Elliot and inside his far post.
Bigirimana, Abeid and Anita were starting to put Albion's midfield passers under more pressure - but the hosts went long to stunning effect in the 33rd minute.
Obertan will be a threat if #bhafc allow him room on the counter.— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Hammond was booked for a foul in the build-up to that Toon chance.
That scare came on 22 minutes and underlined that Newcastle were coming more into the game.
Bigirimana then stung Ankergren's hands with a shot which was powerfully struck but straight at the keeper when Albion lost possession deep in their own half. Ankergren could only push the ball away but El-Abd just about scrambled the rebound away from Sammy Ameobi and behind for a corner with a diving header.
David had made a very bright start but his failure to beat the first man from a great crossing opportunity gave Newcatle chance to counter attack. Obertan made a lot of ground down their right before his low cross was intercepted by the back-tracking David.
Albion continued to enjoy a lot of possession and David took just about everyone - bar Steve Elliot - by surprise on the quarter-hour. Barnes played the ball wide to the right-back close to the byline and, rather than cross, he unleashed a ferocious right-foot shot which the recalled keeper did well to cling on to above his head.
GP's instruction must have been to show the nation what #bhafc are all about, their identity. They have delivered in that respect so far.— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
I just used a tweet from Lee Ryder, who covers Newcastle as chief sports writer at the Evening Chronicle.
#nufc need to press #brighton high up the pitch and force errors with home side looking to build from the back— @lee_ryder 05 January 2013
Albion raised the volume levels around The Amex by going close in the ninth minute. David produced a great bit of skill to keep a crossfield pass in play tight to the byline and then beat his man. His deep cross picked out Dicker beyond the far post and the recalled midfielder managed to head the ball back across and seemingly goalbound until Perch nodded away from beneath his own crossbar.
Bridcutt-Bigirimana could be one of the key contests. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Then room was created for Bridge to gallop forward down the left and get in a deep cross. Barnes headed it back at full stretch but he was offside when the ball then ricocheted back to him.
Albion's start could not have been much more encouraging. Hammond sent Mackail-Smith away down the right to get in a cross which was blocked behind. Dicker and Orlandi worked a dangerous short corner which had Toon struggling to clear before Hammond skied a shot into the South Stand under pressure.
No change of ends. Albion go North to South in the first half.
Canny team today! #nufc Howay the lads!— @Matty_mj 05 January 2013
Newcastle missing ten players through injury, including Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Cisse, Coloccini. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 05 January 2013
Newcastle, badly hit by injuries, look to be lining up 4-2-3-1 with Shola Ameobi the focal point of their attack.
Team news and line-up were posted elsewhere on this site some time ago but Ankergren is in goal for Albion - his first game since New Year's Eve last season - and Buckley and LuaLua are both among an array of attacking options on the bench.
They are laying out the red carpet for the players at The Amex. Well, okay, it’s a black carpet with a Budweiser logo on it down by the tunnel. But there is a real big match feel here today. Just like last year – and indeed 1983 - the Toon are in town on FA Cup day.