The FA Cup is taken very seriously by a majority of our fans. After all it’s a competition which is synonymous with our history and, most important of all, we, like other clubs, have a chance of winning it.
To win it though you must first be in it, and standing in the way of us doing that is the very man who has previously dashed our FA Cup dream – Gustavo Poyet – and his Brighton outfit. For those who are unaware, Poyet had a habit of scoring against us and scored both goals in a 2-1 loss in an FA Cup semi-final back in 2000. Hopefully we can pay him back today.
Thing is I hate these ties against teams from lower leagues. Granted Brighton aren’t far off the play-off places in the Championship but there is still a shock to be had should they beat us today. We will be a scalp and they will be fired up for it which means that it won’t be easy and we’ll need to up our game from the Fulham debacle to ensure we aren’t bemoaning another cup exit come around 6:45 this evening.
As ever, Shamrock had penned one of his most excellent match previews ahead of the game. I messed up the posting of it though so some of you may not have seen it or read it. If you haven’t I suggest click here and have a little looksie whilst we collectively wait for the kick-off.
The match is being broadcast live on ESPN which is good news for all concerned. Firstly those who have ESPN can sit and watch it on the big TV and those who don’t will more than likely be able to watch it on the internet. Not that I advocate that kind of thing of course, but if somebody happens to accidentally post a link to an internet stream then there isn’t a lot I can do. If you wish to check it for quality purposes then fell free.
That’s about it and it really is ‘Game On’ time. Hopefully we won’t be licking anymore wounds by the time the final whistle goes, although looking at the strength of the team we’ve put out it would appear that we are taking this match very seriously indeed!
Howay the lads!
Brighton: Peter Brezovan, Inigo Calderon, Gordan Greer, Lewis Dunk, Adam El-Abd, Liam Bridcutt, Matt Sparrow, Jake Forster-Caskey, Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes
Subs: Casper Ankergren, Will Hoskins, Alan Navarro, Ryan Harley, Romain Vincelot, Torbrorn Agdestein, Grant Hall
Newcastle:Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Rob Elliot, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands« Smith set for MK Dons move | Down and out! Brighton 1-0 Newcastle »