Brighton sealed their place within the FA Cup fourth spherical with a 4-3 penalty shootout win at Newport.
Jason Steele produced gorgeous saves to disclaim Newport’s first two spot-kicks by Josh Sheehan and Mickey Demetriou, with Pascal Gross scoring Brighton’s opening penalty.
Tom King saved from Neal Maupay to maintain the hosts in contact earlier than Joss Labadie obtained them on the scoresheet, with Yves Bissouma hitting the woodwork to depart the scores at 1-1 after three penalties apiece.
Ryan Taylor and Lewis Dunk traded penalties, however Steele saved from Liam Shephard handy Leandro Trossard the prospect to win the tie for Brighton, just for King to avoid wasting his effort together with his toes.
Jamie Proctor and Davy Propper each netted earlier than Scot Bennett was denied by Steele – his fourth cease of the shoot-out – as Webster redeemed himself by slotting residence the successful spot-kick.
The sport passed off after Newport had joined forces with rugby aspect Dragons – who additionally play at Rodney Parade and hosted Ospreys on Saturday evening – to pay for a dome cowl to fight the chilly climate.
Newport had misplaced a few latest League Two video games attributable to frozen surfaces and the pitch was playable regardless of being naked and bobbly in patches.
Brighton boss Graham Potter, again in south Wales after a one-season cease in 2018-19, made 5 modifications from the aspect which shared six objectives with Wolves of their final Premier League outing.
But Ben White, who made 51 appearances for Newport on mortgage three seasons in the past, was retained as Brighton sought to assert a primary win since November 21.
Padraig Amond ought to have put Newport forward inside 4 minutes after racing on to Dunk’s weak again go, however the cup specialist, who had scored in memorable wins over Leicester and Middlesbrough, despatched his effort extensive of the far put up.
King held easy Yves Bissouma and Alexis Mac Allister makes an attempt and pushed apart Dunk’s highly effective header.
Brighton went even nearer after 34 minutes when Zeqiri’s close-range effort on the far put up was arrowing in earlier than King thrust out an arm to direct the ball over the crossbar.
Newport had been largely tamed after their preliminary burst, however an error from the over-casual Steele nearly led to them being gifted a gap aim.
Amond lobbed the ball goalwards however Dunk had stayed alert to retreat on to the goal-line and hook to security.
Newport have been buoyed by that chance and compelled stress conditions both aspect of the interval with some harmful set-piece deliveries worrying the guests.
It was now extra of a fair contest than it had been for big durations of the primary half, however the Brighton risk was nonetheless there and Zeqiri headed over from eight yards.
Brighton additionally appealed for a penalty when Dunk fell, however referee Lee Mason waved play on and substitute Propper fired the unfastened ball extensive.
King reacted nicely to tip over March’s mishit cross, however Brighton have been relieved to see Steele block Josh Sheehan’s fierce shot earlier than a rare finale in regular time.