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Friday 25 May 2018

Hughton's headache

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton believes his side's FA Cup run is giving him a Premier League selection headache.

Hughton made nine changes to his starting XI as Albion progressed to the quarter-finals of the cup competition for the first time in 32 years by beating League Two Coventry 3-1 on Saturday.

Debutant Jurgen Locadia, defender Connor Goldson and recent loan signing Leonardo Ulloa were among the men brought in and they all found the net, while other peripheral members of Albion's squad also staked claims for more regular league action.

Brighton will now turn their attention back to the scrap for top-flight survival and Hughton acknowledges he has been given some difficult decisions to make ahead of next weekend's clash with fellow strugglers Swansea.

"From our point of view, we've been very fortunate this season that we haven't had a lot of injuries and when that's the case you have a lot of players pushing to play," said Hughton, whose team have been drawn away to Manchester United in the last eight of the cup.

"There has been that mainstay of the team but a lot of competition around that and it's always difficult for me to pick a team."

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