Brighton v Coventry preview: Chris Hughton wary of FA Cup upset

Lynette Rowe
February 19, 2018

Chris Hughton believes Brighton have an excellent chance to end their 32-year wait for an FA Cup quarter-final but insists Coventry can not be underestimated. "It's a club I know well - I've played and coached against them".

The Sky Blues are now ninth in League Two, which is some 63 places below Brighton in the league ladder, and they travel south on Saturday on the back of three straight league defeats.

Victory would put Albion into the quarterfinals for the first time in 32 years.

"He hasn't played for close to two months and it was important he came through with no issues and looked quite strong", said Hughton, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Albion have been drawn away to Manchester United in the quarter-finals but speaking before the draw was made, Locadia said: "We now have an opportunity to play at Wembley, it's insane and we just have to win one more game".

Their route to the next round sees them take on the lowest ranked side in the competition, who have already proved they have what it takes to cause an upset against bigger teams in the competition.

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With Coventry in the shake-up for the play-offs and Brighton still in the relegation mix, neither of these sides really need this game right now. "I know it's steeped very much in their history".

Brighton have played far better offensively at home this season, evidenced by scoring over half a goal per game more at home than on the road in league matches.

Ahead of tomorrow's clash, Hughton says he isn't underestimating their opponents after Albion's loss to Non-League Lincoln in the competition last season.

"We found it hard to cope with their movement, which we knew because they're a passing team".

"We all know that three, four days later, you're on to other things and it can be swamped by everything else, but it's a disgusting experience and you don't want to go through that too often".

"We don't come up against those type of problems every day but it was a good experience for us, in terms of learning and development but also I thought we were a threat".

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