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HUGHTON: FA CUP REMAINS PRESTIGIOUS

7 January 2017

The Albion boss hailed the history of the FA Cup.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes the FA Cup remains as the most famous domestic tournament in the world, and is pleased that it gives him the opportunity to rotate his squad.
 
The Seagulls take on MK Dons in the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon, and Hughton insists the competition remains prestigious, despite accepting it has changed over the years.
 
He said, “I still think it’s the biggest domestic competition in the world because of its history. Most of the foreign managers who are here now would tell you that, even though it has changed.
 
“There’s no doubt cup competitions are different now. In my day, you couldn’t change the team too much, but that’s different now.
 
“I hope any changes I make will be part of a winning team and a team that goes through. It’s an incredibly exciting competition to be involved in.
 
“There are no concerns, particularly in this division. You get used to the extra games and I feel our squad is very capable of coping with that. All these challenges are part and parcel of the game.
 
“What a win will give us is the excitement of being in the draw for the next round. Like when we drew Arsenal at the Amex, everybody dreams of that type of tie.”

With the January transfer window in full flow, Hughton weighed up his options and discussed the possibility of further members of Albion’s squad departing the club on loan.

”Perhaps the two players that were close to going out in the summer would have been Rohan Ince and Kazenga [LuaLua], because of lack of a playing time.
 
"They would perhaps be two players we would have to very much think about and, also, depending on where we are, young Rob Hunt, who has done really well for us and trains with the first team every day now.
 
"If there was an opportunity for him towards the end of the window, it's one we might do, but we certainly won't take any chances."
 
“He's [Richie Towell] trained very well and been unfortunate. We've got players in that position, but he's versatile, he's good in the group and at this moment, I don't have any desire for him to go."

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