Albion's striker was pleased to go through to round three.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed was delighted to score against Oxford last night and highlighted the overall strength in depth within the squad.
The Israeli international came off the bench to net Albion’s fourth goal at the Kassam Stadium, and praised the club’s younger players for acquitting themselves well in the first team once again.
He said, “It’s always nice to score and to go through to the next round of the cup.
“The team was looking good and we had enough chances to finish the game earlier, but we didn’t do it. In the end, we were more clinical and have good quality in the team.
“All of them [younger players] played well. It’s not easy for them, because they’ve not played together since the last cup game [v Colchester].
“They had the chance to play with each other again and had the confidence to play well.
“It’s good for the whole squad knowing that there are good young players that can come into the team.”
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Hemed was happy to see Uwe Huenemeier return to action after over eight months out with a groin injury, and believes the defender can make an important contribution during the rest of the season.
“I’m very happy for him, all of us are glad to see him back on the pitch. He had a long-term injury and it’s always good to see one of our mates back on the pitch.
“He’s a very good guy and it’s important to have him back. I’m sure he will help us a lot.”
The striker admits he will be keeping an eye on the third round draw tonight, but insists his primary focus is now on Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.
“Personally I would prefer to get a big club in the next round and have the feeling of playing a team from the Premier League. Of course we want to go as far as we can in the cup, but let’s see who we get first.
“We will wait to see who we get and we’ll be ready for the next cup game, but Newcastle is the most important game for us now.
“It’s a big club that everyone knows about, but we go there looking to get three points. We know it’s going to be tough against a difficult team, but we need to prepare like we do every week.”