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PREVIEW: ALBION V COVENTRY CITY

15 February 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion play Coventry City in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Coventry City to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the teams battle it out in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls progressed to the last 16 with victories over Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, while the Sky Blues beat Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood, Stoke City and MK Dons.

It will be Coventry’s second visit to the Amex after the 2011 meeting, which ended in a 2-1 victory for Albion - with Romain Vincelot bagging the winning goal for Gus Poyet’s team.

Victory for either side will take them to within one step of an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium - with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur also looking to get there.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton explained that Jiri Skalak (ankle) and Steve Sidwell (ankle and back) remain his only two absentees through injury and otherwise has a full-strength squad to choose from.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has not ruled out Michael Doyle and Jack Grimmer from being available for Saturday’s game at the Amex, with the pair making progress from their respective injuries.


FORM:

ALBION: Chris Hughton’s men are four games unbeaten in all competitions, which includes their 1-0 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last month.

Glenn Murray struck the winning goal to book Albion’s place in the fifth round - while also scoring either side of Albion’s trip to Teesside, in a 1-1 draw against Southampton and 3-1 victory over West Ham United.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 against Stoke in their most recent Premier League fixture, which saw Mathew Ryan save a last-gasp penalty, following Jose Izquierdo’s opener that was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri.


COVENTRY CITY: The Sky Blues have lost three League Two fixtures in a row - most recently losing 2-1 to Colchester United on the road, after defeats to Accrington Stanley and Forest Green Rovers.

January was a better month for Mark Robins’s team, as they won five games out of six - including the 2-1 giant-killing of Stoke and the 1-0 victory over MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

In amongst those results were victories over Cambridge United, Swindon Town and Chesterfield, with their only defeat coming against Exeter City at St James Park.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

STOKE CITY 1
Shaqiri 68

ALBION 1
Izquierdo 32

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; March (Knockaert 86), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 79); Murray (Ulloa 71).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Locadia.


LAST TIME OUT: COVENTRY CITY



COLCHESTER UNITED 2
Ogedi-Uzokwe 27 (pen)
Mandron 88

COVENTRY CITY 1
Bayliss 56

COVENTRY CITY: Burge; Willis, McDonald, Hyam, Stokes; Vincenti, Bayliss, Kelly (Reid 90), Shipley; McNulty, Biamou (Clarke-Harris 62).

Subs not used: O’Brien (GK), Kelly-Evans, Haynes, Barrett, Ponticelli.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Marc McNulty

The striker has been in good form for the West Midlands club this season, scoring 16 goals in 32 appearances across League Two, the FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

McNulty moved from Dundee United to Sheffield United for the start of the 2014/15 season and helped the club reach the League One play-offs, scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

Spells at Portsmouth and Bradford City came before his move to Coventry at the start of the 2017/18 season - and the Scotsman has been a mainstay in Robins's team so far this campaign.

The 25-year-old has featured in 28 League Two games for the Sky Blues this season, hitting the back of the net 11 times in his last 14 league appearances - which shows the striker’s form heading into Saturday’s cup clash.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 3 COVENTRY CITY 1

17 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Locadia celebrates breaking the deadlock.
  • Albion progress to the Emirates FA Cup sixth round
  • Jurgen Locadia scores on his debut
  • Connor Goldson and Leonardo Ulloa also on target 
  • Jonson Clarke-Harris scores a consolation for Coventry

Brighton & Hove Albion claimed their place in the Emirates FA Cup sixth round for the first time in 32 years following a comfortable 3-1 victory over Coventry City at the Amex.

A goal from Jurgen Locadia on his Albion debut, along with headers from Connor Goldson and Leonardo Ulloa, gave the Seagulls a 3-0 lead before Jonson Clarke-Harris struck late on for Coventry.

Chris Hughton made nine changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke City in the Premier League last week, with only Dale Stephens and Solly March retaining their places in the starting line-up.

March created Albion’s first opening when his cross from the left-hand side was spilled by Coventry keeper Lee Burge inside the box, before Ryan Haynes made a clearance.

Locadia made an instant impression on the bumper Amex crowd when his shot cannoned back off the woodwork, after Coventry failed to deal with a corner into the box.

Uwe Huenemeier then met an in-swinging Markus Suttner ball into the box, only to see his rising header go over the bar.

The Sky Blues also hit the woodwork in a lively opening to the game, through Clarke-Harris, whose header from Marc McNulty’s corner clipped the crossbar.

Albion broke the deadlock in the 15th minute thanks to Locadia, who coolly swept home Anthony Knockaert’s cross from the right-hand side - making a perfect start to his Brighton career.

Locadia could have doubled his tally when March delivered a ball from the left, but the Dutchman lost his footing just as he was about to shoot.

Suttner then turned provider for the frontman, but he couldn’t quite make a decent enough connection to divert his attempt goalwards.

Albion did get a second goal though from a more unexpected source, as Goldson back-peddled inside the box to meet Suttner’s corner before sending a brilliant header beyond Burge with 34 minutes played.

City attempted to gain a foothold in the contest when Josh Barrett was allowed to turn on the edge of the area, only to see his strike go narrowly past the left-hand post.

Locadia was involved in the thick of the action again when he turned provider for Knockaert, who shot over the target from the edge of the area.

Hughton made two changes at the break, with Tim Krul and Stephens replaced by Niki Maenpaa and Davy Propper.

The Sky Blues had a chance to test Maenpaa with a set-piece from the right flank, but the Finn comfortably collected Jordan Shipley’s set-piece.

The game was then effectively ended as a contest just past the hour-mark when Ulloa connected perfectly with Bruno’s in-swinging cross to steer his header past Burge.

Coventry were not deterred by the setback though and almost made it 3-1 when Clarke-Harris's deft flick from a Tom Bayliss cross fell inches wide of the far post.

Clarke-Harris did get his name on the scoresheet though, and clinically fired home a loose ball from inside the box with 13 minutes remaining.

But Albion were still in cruise control and Bruno delivered another enticing cross from the right, which Knockaert narrowly failed to connect with at the far post.

Sam Baldock came on from the bench late on, and almost added his name to the scoresheet in the closing stages, but his shot hit the bar from a March cross.

ALBION: Krul (Maenpaa 46); Bruno, Huenemeier, Goldson, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens (Propper 46), Kayal, March; Locadia (Baldock 77), Ulloa.

SUBS NOT USED: Dunk, Rosenior, Izquierdo, Hemed.

LOTTERY RESULTS

1901 CLUB LOTTERY

1ST PRIZE £1000 153836
2ND PRIZE       154439
3RD PRIZE       153955
4TH PRIZE       154498
5TH PRIZE       155749

ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £450 1525
2ND £50  2471
3RD £25  3103

1ST GOAL TIME 15 MINS

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V COVENTRY CITY

16 February 2018

Linton Rogers
The pre-match brief ahead of Albion v Coventry City.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Coventry City to the Amex on Saturday for the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, kick-off 3pm.

Albion will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 1986, while Coventry City lifted the trophy the following season with a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the old Wembley Stadium.

January signings Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa are expected to feature, with both strikers looking for their first starts for the Seagulls this season.

Travel update

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.

Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service. However, there will be bus replacement services between Littlehampton and Brighton due to engineering work throughout the day. Fans are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.

Park & Rides: The three sites at Mill Road, the University of Brighton site at Lewes Road and Brighton Racecourse are open from 12pm.

Supporters using the Racecourse Park & Ride are advised to use the entrance off Manor Hill.

Blue badge holders should use the entrance via Freshfield Road. This is to allow vehicles to be parked on the firmer ground at the site.

Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.

Supporters should be aware that Sussex University are holding their Applications day throughout Saturday – therefore the roads around the university will be busy.

All vehicles accredited to park at Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.

Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area pre- and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.

Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.

Drop-offs & Pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way.

Car park 5 at Sussex University, by the Sports Hall, is being utilised to enable fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match.

This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium.

There will also be free shuttle buses in operation.

Visiting Fans: Coventry City supporters should be aware that there is no street parking anywhere close to the stadium, therefore please use the rail or bus services within our travel scheme, which is free on production of a match ticket. Click here to view our away fan guide.

Opening and closing times

The club shop will open at 9am and close at 6pm. The shop is also closed during the match.

The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will reopen after the match until 5.30pm.

Dick’s Bar is open from 12pm until kick-off and then after the match until 7.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open two hours before kick-off at 1pm. Post-match, the East, South and West concourses will close at 6.30pm and the North Stand concourse at 7.30pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 12.30pm, with HB’s Restaurant also opening at this time. The Goldstone Restaurant is closed for this match.

The Harvey’s Lounge, Hendy Lounge, Chandlers BMW Lounge, Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge, Mansell McTaggart Lounge, Heineken Lounge, Rivervale Lounge and South Stand boxes close at 6.30pm.

HB’s Restaurant and the American Express Lounge close at 7pm.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, italk Lounge and West Stand boxes will close at 7.30pm.

Ticket office

Supporters are advised that the ticket office will be busier than usual with tickets still available on the day to those with a purchase history. We encourage supporters to buy tickets online at seagullstickets.com if they have not already.

Supporters wishing to return their completed season-ticket renewal forms will be able to hand these into the ticket office on matchday.

The upcoming home fixtures against Swansea City and Arsenal have now sold out.

However, there are still tickets available for the visit of Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday 31st March.

Hospitality spaces for some upcoming fixtures are still available in HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant. To book or upgrade for future fixtures contact the 1901 Club team on 01273 878 278 or via email 1901@bhafc.co.uk.

Seagulls Superstore

There are a number of items on sale available in the club shop including clothing, accessories and gifts.

The two external retail outlets, situated at the south-east approach t-junction and north-west corner will be open, stocking a range of souvenirs.

Supporters wishing to gets shirts printed are advised this is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times.

1901 Club Lounges Dress Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.

Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note ripped jeans, shorts and flip flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.

Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable. Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted in any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to re-seat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

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