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HUGHTON: IT’S MASSIVE FOR THE CLUB

16 February 2019

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Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the magnitude of reaching the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for a second season in a row, following this afternoon’s 2-1 victory against Derby County.

Goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia booked Albion’s place in the last eight of the competition, and Hughton was delighted with his team’s disciplined performance against the Rams, who pulled a goal back through Ashley Cole.

He said, “Overall, I’m very happy because we’re through to the next round, which is the most important thing.

“For us to get to the quarter-finals, it’s a big thing for this football club. We’ll see who we get when the draw comes, but we’re here and that’s what counts.

“I thought we were good in that first-half period, but we were up against a talented Derby side and we made hard work of it in the end.

“They’re a team that had come back from two goals before. They made changes and made it hard for us, but there wouldn’t be anybody that thinks we didn’t deserve to go through.”



Hughton made eight changes to the side that started against Burnley last time out, and the Albion boss spoke about the competition within the squad, as the Seagulls dealt with a handful of injuries to progress.

“What we knew before today was that the squad is stronger than last season and we’ve got really good competition.

“Unfortunately we’ve had a bad week, where we’ve had a few minor injuries, which made us that little bit weaker as a squad going into today’s game.

“But when that’s the case, players need to dig deep. Particularly for the lads that haven't played as many minutes as others, it’s a really good opportunity for them.

“When there’s somebody playing that hasn’t played so much, it’s not a question of resting others, it’s because they’ve deserved their opportunity, and that’s the type of competition you want.”



Albion have ten days until their next fixture — Leicester City in the Premier League — and Hughton believes their FA Cup victory will give the squad a boost leading into their trip to the King Power Stadium.

“It gives us a big lift. We’ve had a difficult time in the Premier League, going from a reasonably comfortable position, seven points clear of the relegation zone — although we never saw it like that.

“There have been some poor results and an inability to finish games off, which has seen us drop a little bit and the table has become a little tighter.

“We’ll need all the positivity we can get from today, and all of the quality and competitiveness from the group of players that we’ve got.”


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