Poyet revels in Magpies shock
Brighton 1 Newcastle 0
Published 29/01/2012 | 05:00
Gus Poyet once again ended Newcastle's FA Cup hopes as Brighton pulled off a fourth-round shock.
As a Chelsea player in 2000, Poyet's two goals knocked Newcastle out in the semi-final at Wembley as the Blues went on to lift the trophy.
And 12 years later the Brighton manager masterminded a famous win for his side as Will Buckley's shot, deflected into his own net by Mike Williamson, sent the Magpies packing.
"We started well again, we started brave," said Poyet. "We kept going for it. After 15 minutes Newcastle got the ball and kept passing it. We got to half-time and then it was a matter of saying let's do the same and then we know something is going to happen for us."
Brighton had already knocked Sunderland out of the Carling Cup this season at their new Amex Stadium. Poyet marvelled at the way his team and the club have settled in at the stadium. "It's incredible how many things have happened already at this stadium and we haven't played here for one year."
Buckley, the £1m summer signing from Watford, picked up the ball in his own half and charged forward into the Newcastle area. His shot looked to be going wide but it took a huge deflection off Williamson to wrong-foot Krul and bounce into the net.
Buckley said he did not care if the winning goal was given as an own goal by Williamson. "I'd like to have it but who cares, we're through." He paid tribute to the Brighton fans who have taken to the club's new stadium. "It's just a joy to play here, they are like a 12th man."
Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan was happy to play his part after being called on to make important saves in the second half. "You have nothing to do the whole game then you have something to do so I did it," he said. "You just have to enjoy it and give everything."
Newcastle had a late penalty shout when Cabaye's shot hit Barnes' arm but the Seagulls survived to reach the last 16 for the second successive year.
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