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HUGHTON TARGETS PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

28 January 2017

The Albion boss is wary of the threat posed by Lincoln.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has urged his players to remain focused and disciplined to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, in order to avoid becoming the victims of a cup upset.
 
The Seagulls come up against National League leaders Lincoln City side in the fourth round at Sincil Bank today, after the Imps knocked out Ipswich Town in round three.
 
He said, ”I was at Norwich as a Premier League team when we lost to Luton, at Norwich, so we've all been there. It wasn't very nice, but it’s wonderful for the underdog and even better for the competition.
 
“It’s really pleasing when you get the really good moments that give the FA Cup the profile that it definitely deserves.
 
“We'll take a good crowd, there will be a really good atmosphere and it's a great environment to play in.
 
"We know the pitfalls and the players will be aware of them. But you think more about the positives of winning than you do the disappointments of losing.”
 
The Albion boss is expected to make a number of changes for the game against the Imps, which could see another start for Irish midfielder Richie Towell, a player Hughton believes has been unfortunate this season.
 
“Richie Towell has been very good for us and will certainly be involved on Saturday.
 
"In the position that we brought him in for, we’ve got four players that have done very well, with Beram [Kayal] coming back into the fold recently, so it’s been difficult for him.
 
“He’s been excellent around the place, he’s a very good trainer and had a little period earlier in the season where he was out injured, and that was vastly frustrating for him.
 
“It’s just unfortunate for him that there’s been four experienced, central midfield players in front of him at the minute.”

Both teams currently occupy top spot in their respective leagues, but Hughton insists the FA Cup is still important for his table-topping side, with it being a good chance to utilise his squad.

 
“It’s a big opportunity, as is every game, we’re at a really good level of competition at the moment and I’ve been able to change the side.
 
“There are lots of players that have played a lot of games, so it’s always a good opportunity [to rotate] and it’s a big game. Lincoln’s exploits in the last round means it’s probably become an even bigger game.
 
“It’s a game that we look forward to and we’ll be as strong as we can. It’s a game that we want to win.”

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