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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



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