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Brighton survive dramatic night at Newport with penalty shootout victory

Brighton were taken the distance by a battling Newport County but survived the fright to progress to the FA Cup fourth round. Goalkeeper Jason Steele was Brighton’s hero, making four penalty saves to win the shootout 4-3, after a game which had finished 1-1 following 90 minutes and extra-time.

The tie looked set for extra-time before Solly March broke Newport hearts with a fine curling effort in the 90th minute to put Brighton ahead. However, Newport incredibly levelled with the final touch of the game as Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele failed to make any contact with a right-wing cross, which inadvertently hit defender Adam Webster’s chest and rolled into the empty net.

In the shootout Steele produced stunning saves to deny Newport’s first two spot-kicks by Josh Sheehan and Mickey Demetriou, with Pascal Gross scoring Brighton’s opening penalty.

Jamie Proctor and Davy Propper both netted before Scot Bennett was denied by Steele – his fourth stop of the shoot-out – as Webster redeemed himself by slotting home the winning spot-kick.