X

Wednesday 21
August

Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls boss defends cup rotation

26th January 2019, 11:27 by Nick Harris

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says changes to his team for the FA Cup are not purely about keeping key players fresh.

Hughton, who made eight changes for the third-round win at Bournemouth earlier this month, plans to rotate his squad again at home to Championship club West Brom on Saturday.

While the Seagulls boss is keen to progress, he admits top-flight survival remains his priority and feels cup games provide an ideal opportunity to satisfy players on the periphery of the first team.

Brighton, who travel to relegation-threatened Fulham in the league on Tuesday evening, go into the fourth-round tie against the Baggies seven points above the drop zone.

"There will always be that balance and as a manager you have to make decisions, and these are big decisions," said Hughton about his team selection.

"For where we are at the moment, it's still very much about stability in the league and picking up league results.

"When you change a team and you use your squad, it's not always just about making sure you don't pick up injuries because you know you've got a game on Tuesday night.

"It's about the squad and players that are not in the team at the moment, that are training hard every day.

"There is a big value for the squad to keep them involved and for them to be playing some games.

"You would have players that are very, very close - maybe been on the bench but haven't played so much - that would be thinking, 'if I can't play a cup game on a Saturday against so-and-so, then it's going to be very difficult for me'."

Brighton, FA Cup finalists in 1983, reached the quarter-finals last year, where they were beaten by eventual runners-up Manchester United.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

More Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls signing waiting to shine

21st August 2019, 12:16

Brighton new boy Neal Maupay says the fans will have to wait before they see the best of him in an Albion shirt.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls star Trossard bemoans VAR intervention

19th August 2019, 14:01

Leandro Trossard says players can't let VAR calls affect them as he overcame the blow of having his first Premier League goal ruled out by scoring another.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton v West Ham team news

16th August 2019, 12:39

Brighton have a no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's visit of West Ham, who are sweating over the fitness of two key men.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Mooy can shine for Seagulls

15th August 2019, 18:15

Brighton may have pulled off one of the deals of the summer window by signing Aaron Mooy on loan from Huddersfield.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Pellegrini – West Ham’s season starts now

15th August 2019, 15:50

Manuel Pellegrini believes West Ham will really get their season underway when they take on Brighton at The Amex on Saturday.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Seagulls starlet earning rave reviews

15th August 2019, 11:57

Brighton defender Ben White continues to earn rave reviews with his efforts at Leeds United after former defender Danny Mills talked up the Seagulls starlet.

Recent Sport Headlines

Cricket

Root - England need to capitalise on Smith absence

21st August 2019, 18:49

Captain Joe Root knows England must take advantage of the absence of Steve Smith during the third Ashes Test against Australia.

Rangers

Reds won’t budge on Kent

21st August 2019, 18:33

Rangers have been told by Liverpool that they will not change their attitude towards Ryan Kent's future.

Marseille

Marseille forward set for loan departure

21st August 2019, 18:33

Marseille striker Kostas Mitroglou is reportedly set to join PSV on a season-long loan deal.

Tennis

Djokovic and Osaka announced as US Open top seeds

21st August 2019, 18:23

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been confirmed as the top seeds for the upcoming US Open.

Liverpool

Sturridge seals Trabzonspor move

21st August 2019, 18:03

Former Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge will be playing in Turkey this season after completing his move to Trabzonspor.

Arsenal

Ozil faces fight for Arsenal place

21st August 2019, 18:03

Mesut Ozil has returned to training for Arsenal after a disrupted start to the season but it remains to be seen as to how big a role he will play going forward.

Norwich City

Leitner wants Pukki plaudits shared

21st August 2019, 18:01

Norwich midfielder Moritz Leitner says hat-trick hero Teemu Pukki is “fantastic” but stressed the whole team deserve praise for their 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Manchester United

Managers who would be perfect for their teams

21st August 2019, 18:01

With the transfer window slammed shut for the Premier League clubs, a number of coaches have complained about their inability to add to their squads.