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PREVIEW: JAHANBAKHSH TO PLAY AT THE HAWTHORNS

4 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Alireza Jahanbakhsh will feature for the Seagulls against West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to the Hawthorns on Wednesday evening for an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay, kick-off 8.05pm, as Chris Hughton’s side look to set up a fifth-round tie against Derby County at the Amex Stadium.

The teams shared a goalless draw on the south coast towards the end of January, in a match that saw the Seagulls keep their fifth clean sheet of the season, before extending that tally to six against Watford on Saturday.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will host the Rams in the last 16 of the competition later this month, as Albion look to continue their progress in the FA Cup after reaching the quarter-finals last season.

West Brom gave away a 2-1 lead against Middlesbrough to lose 3-2 at home in their only match since playing the Seagulls, while Hughton’s side have picked up one point from matches against Fulham and Watford.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed Alireza Jahanbakhsh will play against West Brom in Wednesday's fourth-round replay, but Dale Stephens is unlikely to feature after pulling out of the squad in the warm-up against Watford.

Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Bernardo is closing in on a return to the side after recovering from a hamstring injury and will be available for selection.

West Brom pair Matt Phillips and James Morrison are both doubtful for the match at the Hawthorns, as they continue their recoveries from ankle injuries.



FORM

The Seagulls are without a league victory since their 1-0 win against Everton at the end of December, however Hughton’s side recorded a 3-1 win against AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup.

Albion found themselves 2-0 ahead against Fulham in their last awat game, but four second-half goals saw the Cottagers take all three points at Craven Cottage.

Hughton’s men created a number of chances against Watford when Javi Gracia’s team visited the south coast on Saturday, but goalkeeper Ben Foster pulled off a string of impressive saves to earn a point for the Hornets.

The Baggies have dropped to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship after defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough in their last four league matches.

Darren Moore’s team took four points from matches against Norwich City [1-1] and Bolton Wanderers [0-2] before their trip to the Amex last month.

Goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle put the Baggies 2-1 ahead against Middlesbrough over the weekend, but Britt Assombalonga’s late double snatched the points at the Hawthorns.



LAST TIME WE MET

Despite creating numerous opportunities in front of goal, neither side could break the deadlock when they met at the Amex in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Dale Stephens went closest to finding the back of the net for the Seagulls, but the midfielder’s curling effort from 25 yards cannoned back off the post after the faintest of touches from Jonathan Bond.

David Button then pulled off a fine save up the other end to keep Albion in the game, as the shot-stopper tipped Tosin Adarabioyo’s back-post header onto the crossbar from close range.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

WATFORD 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Bissouma, Gross; March, Murray (Andone 72), Locadia.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Balogun, Burn, Kayal, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh.



LAST TIME OUT: WEST BROM

WEST BROM 2
Rodriguez 42
Gayle 63

MIDDLESBROUGH 3
Saville 17
Assombalonga 75, 83

West Brom line-up: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Harper, Barry (Livermore 78), Field (Brunt 83); Robson-Kanu (Murphy 74), Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs not used: Bond (GK), Bartley, Montero, Adarabioyo.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Rakeem Harper

After making his full league debut for the Baggies against Championship league-leaders Norwich City in December, the midfielder has retained his place in the team for the following three matches.

Harper impressed for Moore’s team at the Amex last month, after progressing out of the club’s under-23 side, and has played the full 90 minutes in each of his appearances since playing against the Canaries.

With Moore potentially making a number of changes to the side for Wednesday’s game at the Hawthorns, Harper could be one of few players to retain his spot in the team, having also featured against Wigan Athletic in the third round.

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Match Reports

REPORT: WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 ALBION 3 (AET)

6 February 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Albion celebrate in front of the away fans after Glenn Murray's second goal.
  • Albion secure a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup
  • Kyle Bartley gives West Brom the lead
  • Florin Andone levels the scores in normal time
  • Glenn Murray scores twice in extra time to set up a fifth-round tie against Derby County

Glenn Murray’s extra-time brace secured Brighton & Hove Albion a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, as the Seagulls secured a 3-1 victory in an absorbing cup tie against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Kyle Bartley gave the Baggies the lead, before Florin Andone’s strike took the tie into an additional 30 minutes. Murray then came off from the bench to score twice, much to the delight of the 627 travelling Seagulls fans.
 
Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Watford on Saturday, with only Yves Bissouma remaining from the starting line-up.
 
Alireza Jahanbakhsh made his first appearance since November, while Bernardo returned from a hamstring injury picked up in last month’s 2-2 draw at West Ham United.
 
The Seagulls had most of the possession in the early stages, but it was West Brom that had the first chance of the game when Jay Rodriguez’s angled strike was pushed away by David Button.
 
Rodriguez had the Baggies' next opportunity with a long-distance strike that Button pushed around his right-hand post.

 
Bissouma then tried his luck from long range with a fierce right-footed strike that forced Jonathan Bond into a save at the near post.
 
From the resulting corner, Andone met Bissouma’s cross with a glancing header that went just past the post.
 
The Seagulls had another chance from a corner, as Leon Balogun’s header hit the bar before Jahanbakhsh’s follow-up strike from distance grazed the roof of the net.
 
Andone had yet another opportunity after timing his run perfectly to meet Knockaert’s through-ball, only to see his right-footed attempt go wide from a tight angle.
 
Next, it was the Baggies’ turn to rattle the crossbar after Hal Robson-Kanu tried his luck with a sweetly-struck volley which clipped the woodwork.
 
Andone did have the ball in the back of the net in the closing stages of the half, but the effort was ruled out with the Romanian in an offside position.

 
Jahanbakhsh engineered the first opportunity of the second half, after he cut in off the left flank and saw his right-footed strike tipped away by Bond.
 
Bissouma looked lively at the start of the second half, as the Malian drove into space, and saw his controlled effort go just past the left post.
 
The Seagulls had a penalty shout when Jahanbakhsh was brought done by Tyrone Mears inside the area, but referee Paul Tierney dismissed Brighton’s appeals for a spot-kick.
 
The chances continued to come thick and fast, with Dan Burn this time heading wide from Knockaert’s corner.
 
But Hughton’s men were left to rue their missed chances after failing to deal with an in-swinging ball into the box, and Bartley fired the ball into the roof of the net from point-blank range.

 
Just as the Seagulls looked like heading for a frustrating exit, Andone showed brilliant persistence to engineer a chance for himself and fired his shot through Bond’s legs to make it 1-1.
 
Substitute Jurgen Locadia thought he had won the tie in stoppage time after heading home Jahanbakhsh’s cross, but the Dutchman was offside.
 
The hosts were reduced to ten men after Robson-Kanu went off injured with the Baggies having already used all four of their substitutes.

 
Hughton added fresh impetus to the Seagulls frontline by bringing on Murray for Jahanbakhsh, and this season’s top goalscorer made an almost immediate impact after turning home Locadia’s cross with his thigh in the 104th minute.
 
Murray put the result beyond doubt in the 117th minute, as he clinically fired home after being set up by Davy Propper to make the final score 3-1.
 
The Seagulls will now look ahead to a fifth-round tie against Derby County on Saturday 16th February, after a long but ultimately successful night in the West Midlands.
 
ALBION: Button; Bruno (Bong 106), Balogun, Burn, Bernardo; Knockaert, Bissouma (Propper 88), Kayal, Gyokeres (Locadia 78); Jahanbakhsh (Murray 101); Andone.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez (GK), Dunk, Gross.

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Ticket News

HAVE A DRINK ON US!

6 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
The Hawthorns
Brighton & Hove Albion are rewarding fans making the trip to tonight’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay against West Bromwich Albion with a drink on the club.
 
The club have asked their West Bromwich Albion colleagues to issue visiting fans with a voucher to exchange for a soft or alcoholic drink of their choice on arrival at the Hawthorns.
 
Chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said, “With the game being shown live on terrestrial TV and the weather — albeit slightly improved — typical of February, we wanted to reward those fans making the effort to travel and support Chris and the team midweek.”
 
The match is being televised live on BBC One, with an 8.05pm kick-off, but fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets on the gate using cash only, priced from £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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