Sport

Newcastle United needs to step up attack to save spot in EPL

Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew (R) instructs his team as Brighton & Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet looks on, during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium on January 5, 2013.
Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew (R) instructs his team as Brighton & Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet looks on, during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium on January 5, 2013. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew says his team must start getting results otherwise it could be dropping out of the English Premier League.

Pardew's comments came after the Magpies suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, which won 2-0 at Amex Stadium thanks to goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins.

It is the third season in a row that Newcastle has been knocked out of the FA Cup by lower league opposition, and the fourth successive time it has been beaten in the competition by Brighton.

A series of injuries forced Pardew to field a weakened side, Pardew telling BBC Sport the team needed to "get our best players back and quickly".

"We need to sustain ourselves and make sure we're a Premier League team next season," he said.

In another shock, Cardiff City, which is seven points clear at the top of the Championship and seemingly headed for the top division, was upset 2-1 at home by Macclesfield Town which is 81 places below Cardiff in English football's pecking order.

There were scares for EPL team Sunderland, which was held to a 2-2 draw at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, while Aston Villa had to come from a goal down to beat another team from the second tier, Ipswich, 2-1 at Villa Park.

Fulham was held to a 1-all home draw by Blackpool from the Championship, while Reading stepped over a potential banana skin by winning 3-1 at League One side Crawley Town. Wigan could only draw 1-all at home with League One Bournemouth, which had taken the lead.

Robin van Persie scored late on to earn Manchester United a replay with West Ham after a 2-2 draw, while Chelsea smashed Southampton 5-1 at St Mary's.

In the other all-Premiership tie, QPR's Kieron Dyer equalised in the dying minutes to earn a 1-1 home draw with West Brom.

Hastings United from the Ryman Premier League, the seventh tier of English football, was beaten 4-1 at former FA Cup runners-up Middlesbrough.

Topics:  english premier league, epl, fa cup, football, newcastle united, soccer



AUDIO: Ipswich's cheapest homes for under $100k

RENOVATOR'S DREAM: This Dinmore property will go under the hammer in October.

The bottom of the Ipswich real estate market marked with renovator

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Sunny until Sunday

Look for sunny skies Saturday and Sunday.

Expect sunny skies over Ipswich today and tommorow.

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets