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Brighton & Hove Albion FC vs. Manchester City FC

Withdean Stadium

24th September 2008


Brighton v Manchester City

City travel to the south coast for an infrequent visit to Brighton & Hove Albion for their re-arranged second round Carling Cup tie.

Vital Quotes:

Hughes talks about how the side moves on from Sunday's game and what the side will do for this cup tie: "We`re tapping in to the goodwill from the weekend, it was a fantastic performance and everybody has come in to work with a smile on their face. It`s made my job a lot easier.

"We have enjoyed the moment but we have another game coming up on Wednesday which will be a difficult one. We don`t want to go to Brighton and get into a situation where we end up with egg on our face.'

"I`m looking for us to get the job done professionally, Brighton have nothing to lose, and they will be looking to turn around their defeat at the weekend. We have to make sure that the interest generated by our performance on Sunday is not diluted by the game at Brighton.'

"I will make changes to the team from Sunday, that`s only right and proper. I have a good squad and good players here, they need games but the team I pick will not be weakened substantially."

Brighton & Hove Albion FC Team News:

Seagulls boss Micky Adams is sweating over the fitness of captain Nicky Forster, who is struggling to shake off a dead leg.

Winger Kevin McLeod and defender Colin Hawkins are both unavailable with knee and hernia injuries respectively.

Defender Joel Lynch, who handed in a transfer request for the second time this season on Monday, has also been ruled out after being deemed in the wrong frame of mind.

Adams is, however, boosted by the return of on-loan winger Joe Anyinsah from suspension while striker Jake Robinson (concussion) is likely to again take a place on the bench with midfielder Adam Virgo set to play in attack for a second successive game.

Player to watch: Nicky Forster

He is their best known player who if plays will give it his all.

Manchester City FC Team News:

City, boosted by the completion of their takeover on Tuesday, are without British record signing Robinho as he is currently involved in settling his family in England.

Michael Johnson is back in the squad following a groin injury, however midfielder Martin Petrov remains sidelined with a similar problem.

Nedum Onuoha has resumed training after a knee injury but the game on the South Coast will come too soon for him.

Sunday's goalscorer Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge are likely to feature this evening possibly along with Kelvin Etuhu with Jo and Shaun Wright-Phillips being rested.

Glauber Berti may get a run out in defence after impressing Hughes.

Player to watch: Daniel Sturridge

If he plays I doubt that the Brighton defence will be able to cope with his movement and pace.

Match Facts & Stats

Brighton and City played each other for seven seasons during the eighties. In those fourteen matches City won seven and there were four draws. City won twice in those seven attempts at the Goldstone ground.

So that is a reasonable record against them. Although clearly now this is a whole new ball game with Brighton being fifty two places lower down the league table than us and being a million(or should that be billions) of miles apart in real terms.

Ref Watch:

Andy D'Urso - has not been a premiership referee for a couple of years now and it was the 2nd February 2005 the last time he referee'd a City match; a one all draw with Newcastle.

Match Prediction:

Brighton to give a really good account of themselves but they will be facing a Mark Hughes side that is very hard to beat. BHAFC 1 - 3 MCFC.

Next Fixtures:

Wigan Athletic away at the JJB stadium with a 4pm kick off on Sky's Super Sunday.

The journalist

Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 24 2008

Time: 5:16PM

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Hughes will not like the fact that Brighton hit the woodwork. Half time, here , listening to We seem to be making plenty of half chances but the team needs to raise its game in the final third. Interesting that Hinchcliffe says we're playing a "more direct" game. By that he means more long balls hoping for Jo to get on the end of them. He says that's playing into Brighton's hands. If that's it, he's probably right. We need to play through the midfield to get the most of Jo. He is a high pace player who likes the incisive ball along the ground from midfield -or a pacy cross from the wings. Not a traditional English centre forward. Yes he can hold the ball up but that is not his best game. I'd love to be listening to the Mark Hughes teamtalk. There will be a change for the second half.
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24/09/2008 20:41:00
lol 1v1 so far =]
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24/09/2008 21:40:00
like there was never any doubt ;)
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24/09/2008 22:28:00
LOOOOL! a long way to glory guys! haha GO BRIGHTON!
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24/09/2008 22:28:00
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24/09/2008 22:29:00
Well done Brighton. Nice to see the Blue Obsessed Rags have joined us!
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24/09/2008 22:34:00
ForeverUnited, we'll be ready for you at the Swamp like last year. But surely you mean the Press have labelled Man City the richest club in the world. Only Manchester United are capable of the ultimate folly of declaring themselves Gods on earth and the richest club. Man City is owned by very rich people. Yes. Bill Gates owns a BMW Mini. That doesn't make it the most expensive car in the world.
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24/09/2008 22:38:00
I think Aston Villa And Man City wonted to lose, to meny games, NO excuse's but the players would rather wont Top4 + Uefa =]
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24/09/2008 22:40:00
Yes Oliverblue, Well Played Brighton!! How much do you want fror Steve Cook? Clearly this lad can turn any game around?! Seriously though it has been far worse in the past. In 1983 in the FA Cup for instance. When Brighton thumped City 4-0.
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24/09/2008 22:42:00
Just two things to say. 1) Why is it I am always worried when Scheimichel is in goal. 2) Why is it that Ireland and Johnson don't take penalties....Well done Brighton you deserved it...
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24/09/2008 22:57:00
We must be cursed. Now the painful stats won't load!! Aaargh!!
Johnny Baguette
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24/09/2008 23:12:00
22 shots on goal. FFS.
Johnny Baguette
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24/09/2008 23:21:00
Sorry fellas I'm going smirk .. You trouched us on Sunday but at least the seagulls restored some South Coast pride.. I'm laughing but still wish you well in the league .. Out of the Carling Cup but go wipe that smirlk off Fergies face in the League.. Must be a good feeling to know that every time a United fan fills up his car his giving money to your club.. As I said Well Done the Seagulls but Good luck to Citeh.. although you are out of the Carling Cup ;)
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24/09/2008 23:48:00
Well played Brighton.Enjoy the night CITY FANS!I knew after so much flying one day u will come to the ground after ur artificial wings are cut down by some body.
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25/09/2008 00:49:00
Sindbad, you speak a lot of sense for a Citreh supporter! Maybe you should tell that to all the thousands of the deluded Citeh fans who think you are the richest club in the world! Oh and of course I can't for us to put you wannabes in your place! Having said that, with the way Portsmouth, Everton and Tottenham are playing, it worries me you could do better than midtable!
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25/09/2008 01:29:00
Midtable ForeverYooonited? Isn't that something you're striving for at the moment???
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25/09/2008 01:36:00
Well done brighton, has your sat nav gone bust fourevauntied are you lost or is your neck hurting looking up the league at us?
Buzz Lightyear
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25/09/2008 06:29:00
But ForeverArag, Like it or not, City is the richest club in the world.
Johnny Baguette
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25/09/2008 07:00:00
Didn't Coventry got to The Swamp last year, I wonder what the score was ???
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25/09/2008 11:05:00
Relentless, isn't it alph?
Johnny Baguette
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25/09/2008 12:10:00
No replies from Forever! Must be at school!
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25/09/2008 12:37:00

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