Seagulls fly high to down Magpies
Soccer:Brighton repeated last season’s FA Cup heroics by dumping an under-strength Newcastle out of the competition with Andrea Orlandi supplying an outstanding opener at Amex Stadium.The first-half strike was born out of Wayne Bridge’s willingness to chase a seemingly lost cause, but it was Orlandi’s exquisite touch, turn and shoot that stole the show. The Spanish playmaker was applauded by Brighton and Newcastle fans alike as he departed with half an hour to go having scored a goal that required repeat viewings to appreciate its brilliance.
The second was delivered by substitute Will Hoskins, who tucked home David Lopez’s defence-splitting pass, as the npower Championship play-off hopefuls completed a comfortable win.
Aston Villamanager Paul Lambert hailed the impact of fit-again Darren Bent and Charles N’Zogbia as his side came from behind to defeat
Ipswich2-1 and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Michael Chopra’s deflected shot gave Ipswich a shock half-time lead before goals from Bent — his first for more than three months — and Andreas Weimann turned the game in Villa’s favour. But N’Zogbia also impressed in his first start since late September as the second striker.
Giorgos Karagounis’ sensational late goal denied Blackpoola famous scalp as Fulhamescaped with a third-round replay today. The Seasiders looked set to add another memorable chapter to their cup folklore - almost 60 years after Sir Stanley Matthews inspired their sole triumph — when Ludovic Sylvestre gave them a shock lead at Craven Cottage.
Veteran Greece midfielder Karagounis rolled back the years with a stunning half-volley after Fulham lay siege to the visitors’ goal but Martin Jol’s men have it all to do to avoid Blackpool completing the upset at Bloomfield Road.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ‘Matthews Final’, one of the most celebrated cup finals of all time. But it was the Seasiders’ current ‘Wizard of Dribble’ who was on the name of everyone’s lips at Craven Cottage today, with Thomas Ince starting despite reportedly being on the brink of rejoining Liverpool.
Ince and captain Alex Baptiste — said to be close to a move to Leicester — were both cup-tied by manager Michael Appleton, something which might affect their transfer value.
First-half goals from Chris Wood and Ritchie De Laet saw Leicesterease through to the fourth round of the tournament with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Burton. Wood was on target after just three minutes and De Laet doubled the lead as the midway point of the first half approached.
Sunderlandpulled a spirited second-half performance out of the bag to avoid an FA Cup third-round exit at Bolton. The npower Championship side were good value for their 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Lee Chung-yong and Marvin Sordell.
However, in the last 30 minutes the Black Cats produced a response which had been conspicuous by its absence in the previous hour as substitute Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner forced a replay. Sheffield Wednesdaysurvived a late onslaught from MK Donsto earn a replay in an uninspiring 0-0 FA Cup third-round clash at Hillsborough.
Lutonrecorded a narrow 1-0 win to extend Wolves’misery and pile the pressure on under-fire boss Stale Solbakken, whose position must now be under serious threat. Alex Lawless was the match-winner with a well-taken volley within seconds of the restart after half-time, ensuring the non-league side will be in the hat for tomorrow’s fourth-round draw.