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Hughton demands focus against giant-killing imps


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton. Photo: PA

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton. Photo: PA


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton. Photo: PA

Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows his Championship high-flyers could easily suffer the same fate as Ipswich if they are not fully focused when they head to Lincoln in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Seagulls lead Newcastle at the top of the table by two points following a win over Cardiff on Tuesday.

Hughton, though, accepts that will count for nothing when the team run out at Sincil Bank this afternoon looking to avoid becoming another prized scalp for Danny Cowley's Vanarama National League leaders.

The Imps beat Ipswich in a third-round replay with an injury-time winner from Nathan Arnold.

"If we needed an example of what can happen, and how good Lincoln can be, most of our focus has been on that Ipswich game," said Hughton.

"In both the games against them, home and away, Lincoln were very good. So we know how tough the game can possibly be.

"We are doing well as a team at the moment, but it is probably fair to say that there is more pressure on us than there is on them."

Meanwhile, Stoke striker Saido Berahino says he was "lost" at West Brom and has apologised to fans for his behaviour.

The 23-year-old has not played since September and described his situation at West Brom as "very hard".

"I just thank Stoke for having so much faith in me, for coming window after window, wanting to sign me," he said. "All I've ever wanted to do is play football and when that is taken away from you, you are lost."

Irish Independent