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12 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Niki Maenpaa in action against Barnet.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa found his chances limited throughout the 2017/18 season, due to the impressive form of number one Mathew Ryan.

The Seagulls also recruited Tim Krul at the beginning of the season, and the Dutchman provided more competition between the goal posts, as Chris Hughton chose his three shot-stoppers for the campaign ahead.

Maenpaa’s first appearance of the season came against Barnet in second round of the Carabao Cup, and the 33-year-old kept a clean sheet for the Seagulls, as they progressed with a 1-0 victory.

But Maenpaa had to settle for a place on the bench for the third-round tie against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, as Krul pulled off a number of fine saves but tasted defeat against the Cherries.

The shot-stopper’s second appearance for Hughton’s men came against Coventry City in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round, as he came off the bench to replace Krul at half-time.

The Seagulls comfortably progressed to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win against the Sky Blues, which set up a tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Aside from the first team, Maenpaa also helped Albion’s under-23s to victories over Southampton and West Bromwich Albion - as Simon Rusk’s team won promotion to the top flight.

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