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6 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
David Button

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Button urged his team-mates to make the most of their opportunity to progress to the latter stages of the Emirates FA Cup, and believes it would positively contribute to the atmosphere on the south coast.

The Seagulls can reach the last 16 with victory over the Baggies in tonight’s fourth-round replay at the Hawthorns, and alongside the team’s Premier League focus, Button highlighted the benefits of an exciting cup campaign.

He said, “We’re doing well in the league and are on course to stay up, but to have a good cup run on the side would be a massive boost for everyone at the club.

“It will be a difficult game, as we’ve seen from the first one, but it's one we’re looking to win and we’ll be feeling confident.

“With the way this year has gone, it’s an opportunity for the slightly smaller teams to be able to progress.

“You never know when these opportunities are going to come again and for me it will be massive to go as far as we can.”

Darren Moore’s side held the Seagulls to a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium last month, and Button, who kept his second clean sheet of the season in that game, is expecting a tougher match on the road.

“After just coming down from the Premier League, they’ve got some very good players, so they were able to make changes and still put out a really good side.

"We know it's going to be tough, but I think we showed in the first game we probably should have won — their keeper played really well on the day.

"It will probably be a little more difficult away, but we are going into it confident and hoping we can win."

Button, who has never been involved in a penalty shootout professionally, took into account the prospect of facing his first at the Hawthorns and spoke about the in-depth preparation that will lead into the match.

“We go quite into detail on the opposition now. We’ll look at their penalty takers, regardless of whether there’s a penalty shootout or not.

“Before the first game, we didn’t know their team, so we had to cover all bases, and not only look at those players, but the ones that weren’t playing too.
“We’re expecting a similar team to the one that played the other day, but we’re prepared in case that doesn’t happen. I’m sure we’ll do that extra bit of homework.”

Fans can watch the goalkeeper's full look ahead to tonight’s game against West Bromwich Albion for free on Seagulls TV – supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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