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.

Kieron Dyer rescued QPR’shopes with an injury-time equaliser to earn a third round replay against West Brom. Dyer struck with a left-foot shot with just seconds to go after Shane Longhad put West Brom in front in a cup tie lacking in guile.

Liam Feeney scored the only goal as Championship side Millwallqualified for the fourth round of the FA Cup with an uninspiring victory over League One opponents Preston.

Luciano Becchio was Leeds’saviour once more as his second-half goal against Birminghamkept them in the FA Cup. The in-form Argentinian scored his 19th goal of the season on the hour to keep United in with a chance of making the fourth round, although a replay was the last thing either manager wanted.

Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfielddefeated npower Championship leaders Cardiff2-1 in one of the shocks of theday.

Both Neil Warnock, absent today through sickness, and Lee Clark have long injury lists to deal with and could have done without another game, now in the diary after Becchio’s cancellation of Wade Elliott’s opener.

Alex McLeish is still waiting for his first win as Nottingham Forestboss after his 10-man side bowed out of the FA Cup against League One opposition.

Forest defender Danny Collins was sent off after an hour at the City Ground as Oldhamstruck three times in the second half, twice from Robbie Simpson, to give Paul Dickov’s outfit a deserved victory.

Teenager Mason Bennett netted his first career goal as Derbybrushed aside Tranmere. The 16-year-old striker, an 84th-minute substitute, made an immediate impact as he fired in Derby’s fifth to round off an emphatic display from the npower Championship outfit.

League One leaders Rovers, 15 places below the Rams, initially started well but once Ben Davies capitalised on goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams’ mistake in the 42nd minute there was no way back.

Former Wigan striker Conor Sammon scored a second — his seventh of the season and first in the competition — and John Brayford made it a trio of goals in 21 minutes. Jeff Hendrick added a fourth before Bennett struck to round off the scoring.

Bradley Goldberg’s magnificent strike gave Hastings Unitedan FA Cup moment to remember but it was not enough to prevent Middlesbrougheasing to victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Two goals from Merouane Zemmama and one each for Andy Halliday and Ishmael Miller saw off the spirited Ryman League side but it was Goldberg’s 25-yard curling shot into the top corner that brought all four sides of the stadium to their feet. Substitute Danny Rose’s 85th-minute tap-in helped managerless Barnsleyinto the fourth round of the FA Cup as they edged out 10-man Burnley.

Jermaine Beckford continued his love affair with the FA Cup to fire Huddersfieldinto the fourth round with victory over a much-changed Charlton.

Nick Proschwitz spared Hull’sblushes with a last-gasp equaliser to force a replay against Leyton Orient. The summer signing netted just his third goal of the campaign with only seconds left to cancel out David Mooney’s second-half header.

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