Friday 22 March 2019

Hughton hopes for survival lift

 

Hughton: “We hope that some of this momentum can take us through what has been a difficult time for us in the league.” Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Hughton: “We hope that some of this momentum can take us through what has been a difficult time for us in the league.” Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton hopes FA Cup progression will have a positive impact on his team's survival chances.

Yves Bissouma was the inspiration as the Seagulls enjoyed a narrow 2-1 victory over Derby on Saturday.

Mali international Bissouma cut the ball back for Anthony Knockaert to sweep Albion into a 33rd-minute lead, before his curling effort against the woodwork left Jurgen Locadia with a simple tap-in in first-half stoppage time.

Former England defender Ashley Cole headed in with nine minutes remaining to give the Championship visitors hope but the hosts held on to prevent extra-time and progress.

"We hope that some of this momentum can take us through what has been a difficult time for us in the league," said Hughton.

"At this moment the most important thing for us, however we get them, is getting the points we need."

Seagulls forward Locadia, who claimed what proved to be the winner, later limped off injured and was due for a scan on ankle problem.

With Florin Andone suspended, Hughton could be short of attacking options for the top-flight clash with Leicester on February 26.

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