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MANAGERS’ VIEWS: HUGHTON AND COWLEY

30 January 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday’s FA Cup game.


CHRIS HUGHTON insisted he had no regrets over his team selection in Albion’s Emirates FA Cup defeat at Lincoln City, and felt his players performed well but couldn’t afford to make the mistakes they made.

The Seagulls were eliminated from the competition after the Imps completed a second-half turnaround, and the Albion boss believes his players must learn from their errors.

He said, “It’s a selection that if given the opportunity again, I would go the same way.

“If you asked me were they [Lincoln] the better side in terms of performance, I would say no, but what they did do was capitalise on the mistakes we made.

“It’s a tough weekend and it’s always a learning curve, but if you make those sort of mistakes, you can lose any game whether it’s against a National League side or a Championship side.”

Irish midfielder Richie Towell opened the scoring for Albion early on, and Hughton praised the 25-year-old for his cool finish, before looking ahead to Thursday’s visit to Huddersfield Town in the league.

“It’s a nice goal and I thought he played well. If the scoreline at the time [2-1] had been different, I probably would’ve left him on the pitch.

“Thankfully there is a midweek programme for all of us and on Monday morning you’ve got to switch back into Championship mode and, of course, try to keep the levels we’ve managed in that.”

 

DANNY COWLEY was overwhelmed by Lincoln City’s impressive result against the Seagulls, and praised his players for their never-say-die attitude after Richie Towell’s opening goal at Sincil Bank.

The Imps overturned a first-half deficit to seal their place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, and Cowley was pleased with the bravery shown by his players.

He said, "You always go into games thinking you have a chance, but this is beyond all of my wildest dreams.

"The boys were organised and motivated and I was really pleased that we were able to stay in the game after losing the goal. Half-time gave us a chance to regroup.

”We were brave all afternoon - we wanted to press high and be committed to our style and what we believe in, and I feel we did that.”

Lincoln have knocked out two Sky Bet Championship teams, with Ipswich Town being the other, and Cowley commented on an exciting time for both the club and its supporters.

"It's surreal, and it's been surreal for quite a period of time - probably post-Ipswich, to be honest.

“The first Ipswich game, seeing those 5,000 away supporters and hearing the noise they made, from that moment onwards it's been crazy - but a good crazy.

"I'm just delighted for everybody. I can't believe the scenes and the emotion and the support."

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