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PREVIEW: MIDDLESBROUGH V ALBION

25 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion play Middlesbrough to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls overcame Crystal Palace at the Amex in the previous round, thanks to goals from Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray, and Chris Hughton’s team will now be looking to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Boro beat north-east neighbours Sunderland 2-0 in their third-round tie at the Riverside, but lost their last home outing to Fulham, 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.

The sides last met on the final day of the 2015/16 Championship season, when a 1-1 draw meant the Teessiders booked their place in the Premier League, while Albion had to settle for the play-offs.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed that Steve Sidwell remains the only long-term absentee for the Seagulls, while Jurgen Locadia is still recovering from a hamstring injury. Otherwise, Hughton has a full-strength squad to choose from.

Boro boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game, but could rotate his squad as they also look to push up the Championship table.

FORM:

ALBION: Following back-to-back Premier League draws against Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth, the Seagulls secured a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup third round earlier this month.

Callum Wilson’s late goal denied Albion all three points when the Cherries visited the Amex Stadium, but two league defeats have since followed, against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

The Baggies scored either side of half-time to defeat Hughton’s men 2-0 at the Hawthorns, before the reigning Premier League champions showed their class in front of goal to win 4-0 on the south coast.


MIDDLESBROUGH: The Teeside club opened the New Year with a 3-2 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale, as new manager Tony Pulis secured his first win since his appointment.

Boro then comfortably progressed in the FA Cup against Sunderland, before a disappointing home defeat to Fulham, where Albion loanee Oliver Norwood dispatched a 95th-minute penalty to win the game.

But the Championship side returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last weekend, which moved them to eighth in the league table.



LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

CHELSEA 4
Hazard 3, 77
Willian 6
Moses 89

Albion line-up: Ryan; Goldson, Duffy, Dunk; Schelotto, Stephens, Propper, Suttner; March (Izquierdo 83), Gross (Kayal 68); Hemed (Murray 68).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Huenemeier, Rosenior, Baldock.


LAST TIME OUT: MIDDLESBROUGH



QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0

MIDDLESBROUGH 3
Ayala 24
Friend 34
Traore 85

Middlesbrough line-up: Randolph; Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Leadbitter, Howson; Traore, Downing (Christie 87), Bamford (Clayton 72); Assombalonga (Gestede 69).

Subs not used: Konstantopoulos (GK), Braithwaite, Johnson, Fletcher.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Britt Assombalonga

The striker is currently joint-third top goalscorer in the Sky Bet Championship with 12 goals in 28 appearances for Boro this season.

Assombalonga signed for the Teeside club from Nottingham Forest at the start of the season for a reported club-record fee of £15 million - following prolific spells at both Forest and Peterborough United.

The forward has pace, power and an eye for goal - reaching double figures in each of his past five seasons, including 33 goals for the Posh during the 2013/14 campaign.

Despite only scoring once in his previous ten games, the 25-year-old will be desperate to get back on the scoresheet and add further to his goal tally, as Boro also go in search of promotion.

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Match Reports

REPORT: MIDDLESBROUGH 0 ALBION 1

27 January 2018

Bennett Dean
Albion's players celebrate with Glenn Murray after his winning goal.
  • Albion progress through to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round
  • Glenn Murray scores 90th minute winner for the Seagulls
  • Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford come closest for Boro
  • Beram Kayal and Jose Izquierdo have good chances for the visitors

Brighton & Hove Albion booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round, after Glenn Murray's 90th-minute winner ensured the Seagulls edged out Middlesbrough 1-0 on Teesside.

Murray's fortuitous effort was enough to settle an otherwise cagey and lacklustre fourth round tie, as Chris Hughton's side claimed their place in the last 16 of the competition.

The Seagulls boss made seven changes to the side that lost 4-0 against Chelsea the previous Saturday, with only Connor Goldson, Markus Suttner, Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed retaining their places in the starting line-up.

Boro had their first chance inside the opening couple of minutes when Ashley Fletcher took advantage of some indecisive Albion defending on the edge of the box but fired his long-range effort wide.

Albion worked their first opening when Jiri Skalak cut inside off the left flank and drifted in a ball towards Sam Baldock, but the striker couldn’t make a decent connection.

Boro had another chance when George Friend delivered an enticing cross into the box, but Martin Braithwaite couldn’t divert his header on target.

Adama Traore then got the better of Suttner and Beram Kayal to tee up Fletcher, but the forward fired wide from deep inside the box.

Daniel Ayala was next to come close for the hosts after meeting Braithwaite’s looping corner, but his header was straight at Tim Krul.

The hosts came closer to breaking the deadlock moments later, as Patrick Bamford’s overhead kick from Ryan Shotton’s long throw hit the roof of the net.

Traore then took advantage of some indecisive Albion defending only to see his fierce strike clip off the outside of the post.

After a quiet start to the second half, the game sprang to life when Kayal’s strike was punched by Darren Randolph into the path of Skalak. His attempt was blocked while Baldock saw his subsequent shot cleared.

Hughton freshened up the left flank with the introduction of Jose Izquierdo in place of Skalak, and he looked to make his mark after a surging run forward, only to see his shot go wide.

The Colombian was involved in the thick of the action again moments later when he fed in Kayal down the right, who took a touch before firing an effort over from a tight angle.

The livewire Traore continued to pose a threat and he sent a low drive just wide of Krul’s near post.

But just as the game looked to be heading for a replay, Suttner's ball into the box was cleared by Friend, only to richochet off Murray and back beyond Randolph, to send the away end into raptures.

ALBION: Krul; Rosenior (c), Goldson, Huenemeier, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens (Propper 45), Kayal, Skalak (Izquierdo 61); Hemed (Murray 72), Baldock.

SUBS NOT USED: Maenpaa (GK), Schelotto, Dunk, Gross.

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Ticket News

PAY ON THE DAY AT MIDDLESBROUGH

25 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
The Riverside

Brighton & Hove Albion fans will be able to pay on the day for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Kick-off is at 3pm and the prices on the day will be as follows:

Category Prices
Adults £18*
Over-65s £13*
Under-18s £8*

*Please note that season-ticket holder prices do not apply to sales made on the day.

Tickets will be sold using cash only from the visitors’ ticket office at the south east corner of the stadium. Collections will also be from the visitors’ ticket office.

Supporters can still secure advance tickets for this fixture at seagullstickets.com until 12pm on Friday.

Loyalty points cannot be awarded for tickets purchased at the Riverside on the day. Points will only be awarded for tickets which were purchased through the club, and are scanned through the turnstiles.

Middlesbrough have produced a useful away supporters’ guide for supporters travelling up to Teeside. Click here for more information.

Seagull Travel are running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings can be found here, along with prices.

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