Amid the focus on Brighton’s first quarter-final appearance for 32 years and an impressive first outing for Jürgen Locadia, Chis Hughton was keen to hail one of his team’s more unsung heroes. Connor Goldson scored a well-directed header in the first half and it was the centre-back’s first goal since returning from surgery on a heart defect, which ruled him out of the closing months of their promotion season. This was Goldson’s sixth appearance of this campaign; Hughton hoped to loan him to Ipswich in August but could not source appropriate cover and the 25-year-old, far more involved since December, is beginning to grow in stature. “Connor has earned it and everyone knows what we think about him,” Hughton said. “He has knuckled down, made a full recovery. Credit to our medical staff here in the first place.” He might just have earned himself a place in Hughton’s last-eight team at Manchester United. Nick Ames
Chris Hughton says he does not believe in omens but for Brighton they are stacking up promisingly. Their most recent season in the top flight brought an FA Cup final appearance and, this time around, they are led by the only serving Premier League manager to have won the competition as a player.
“I don’t think it gives me an advantage but what it does give me is that I know what it means to win it,” said Hughton, who started both editions of the replayed 1981 and 1982 finals for Tottenham. He described the former, against Manchester City – Ricky Villa, Tommy Hutchison et al – as “the highlight of my career” after watching Brighton beat Coventry 3-1 to move within three wins of a repeat.
No surprises at the Amex from the poor transportation to the result as the Premier League side waltz into the next round.
Barcelona have increased their lead through Jordi Alba and will extend their lead at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho was asked about Paul Pogba’s absence and how long the midfielder will be out, he told BT Sport: :“I don’t know, and honestly I don’t care.”
Not the best sign.
Rondon scored a stunning goal to reduce the deficit but the damage was already done by Hoedt and Tadic to send the Saints through.
The Sky Blues have given themselves some hope after striker Clarke-Harris got a chance and stuck it into the back of the net from inside the area.
Shrewsbury are set to miss out on the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of League One as they are currently losing to Rotherham at home. Would be disappointing for the Shrews with Wigan not playing this week.
Burton have not managed to break down 10-man Nottingham Forest so Sunderland will avoid dropping to last place in the Championship at the current rate.
The big question of the day now is whether Southampton can hold on at West Brom. There is one certainty and that is that neither manager will want an extra game as they look to improve their league form.
It’s good to be back...
1386 - Leonardo Ulloa has scored his first goal for Brighton since May 2014 against Nottingham Forest - 1386 days ago. Return. pic.twitter.com/vf97B0Qu7r
RED CARD! Barcelona’s afternoon has been made a lot easier after Eibar’s Orellana was dismissed for his second booking.
The striker is back at the club and back on the scoresheet as the big striker gets on the end of a Bruno cross to put send Brighton through.
Fulham are now 2-0 up against Aston Villa as Ayite spots Johnstone off his line and proves his point by scoring a stunner from distance.
Huddersfield: Lossl, Kongolo, Billing, Van La Parra, Williams, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj.
43' - temporary stop in play. A recorded earthquake in the area. Incredible.
No need for PSG to panic as after going behind in the sixth minute, they are 3-1 ahead in the 25th minute, Draxler, Neymar and Di Maria have all scored.
Ryan Sessegnon has put Fulham ahead against Aston Villa. This lad really is the real deal, isn’t he?
7 - Ryan Sessegnon has scored seven league goals so far in 2018 - only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (9) has netted more in England's top four tiers. Flourishing. pic.twitter.com/RX1f5dG6qe
Six years after leaving the club, Shaun Miller has scored for Crewe to give them the lead against Colchester as they look to move away from the relegation zone. It’s his second this returning to the club on loan in January.
Things are not over at The Hawthorns as Krychowiak crosses one to the edge of the box where Rondon is waiting and he smashes it home!
Saints break on the Baggies and Tadic is the man who is offered the chance to finish off the stylish move and he does it with aplomb. Game over?
Could PSG’s week be going from bad to hilariously worse? Aholou has put Strasbourg 1-0 ahead after six minutes in the French capital.
Brighton are certainly dominating against Coventry. The Sky Blues will need to do plenty to get back into this match.
The second-half goals are flying in as Danny Newton puts Stevenage out of sight against Yeovil, putting his side 3-0 up.
It is very much as you would expect it to be as Locadia and Goldson eased the hosts in front after the delay to kick-off.
West Brom and Southampton are playing once again. Can the Baggies do anything?
Messi really should improve his finishing...
Messi has scored 20 La Liga goals and has now hit the woodwork 15 times in the league, too. https://t.co/YuQm7n17Re
It really is the magic of the FA Cup.
669 - Connor Goldson has scored his first competitive goal for Brighton since April 2016 versus QPR – 669 days ago. Rush.
With Paul Pogba absent through illness for Manchester United later, Jose Mourinho has called Ethan Hamilton into the squad to face Huddersfield. The youngster played 90 minutes last night for the club’s under-23 side.
It looks like Brighton are heading through to the next round after defender Goldson jumps highest at the back post to head home a corner.
This delayed kick-off at Brighton is ruining my plan for a half-time tea break. Not that I drink tea, but I am not like Burnton, I do partake in coffee.
JR is not expecting any good news for West Brom.
He says: “The only real drama left for the second half at The Hawthorns is whether or not Pardew will remove McClean before he gets a red card.”
Some poor marking cost the Baggies when they let Hoedt free at a corner to gives the Saints the lead.
Who had 15.42 in the sweepstake for the first person to say this?
“Taxi for Pardew?” It comes via email from Ian.
Can he maintain this record? If he scores every time he shoots, he will be a bargain.
1 - Jürgen Locadia has scored on his Brighton debut, netting with his first shot on target for the Seagulls. Impact.
Barcelona are leading at Eibar. Suarez’s goal might be able to help the Catalans ease their way to a win ahead of their Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Peter emails in...
“A bunch of British footballers stole a taxi in Spain? I hope they drove on the right side of the road!”
It is the dream debut in the end for the striker who has put his new team ahead by netting from close range following a Knockaert cross in the delayed kick-off.
As Burton face 10 men, they could be set to pick up all three points and move off the bottom by overtaking Sunderland who are currently 2-0 down at home to Brentford. Chris Coleman might ask to go back to Wales.
The Arsenal slayer, Eric Lichaj, has seen red for Nottingham Forest at Burton Albion after a terrible challenge on Martin Samuelsen, who is currently on loan from West Ham. Not what Aitor Karanka will have wanted.
Marc Richards has equalised for Swindon against Port Vale, who are one his previous 10 clubs. A great journeyman.
West Brom’s marking here looks to be utterly atrocious.
No more pitch problems for Doncaster as Alex Kiwomya has scored for the home team against Fleetwood. Always great to see such a nostalgic name make some headlines.
Defender Wesley Hoedt has made the week slightly worse for Pardew by volleying in a corner for Southampton. All very simple for the Saints.
Not too much going on around the country. Southend are leading at home against Portsmouth, while Karl Robinson’s Charlton are 1-0 up at his former club MK Dons.
This certainly is worth noting.
@Will_Unwin Worth noting that Chris Hughton was in the Spurs side that lost that iconic final. I like to think he's been nurturing a deep-seated sense of bitterness ever since, and this is his opportunity to finally secure his long-dreamed-of revenge.
Seems to be a modern epidemic of kids and their signs in the search for memorabilia. Will it work?
J.R has emailed in to mention Pardew’s finest hours.
He said: “Good to see Barry and Evans rewarded with a start after disgracing the club and insulting the supporters. Good job, King Pards! As for his wallet getting stolen, I guess the thief just saw it and said “I’m having that!”
The best thing about today is that there is not too long a wait for the FA Cup quarter final draw. It is on this evening as opposed to being on The One Show, which is a relief to all. You will be able to join me for all the numbers being pulled out later.
Just in case you are one of those folk who can’t remember the joys of Coventry winning the FA Cup, here is a gently video reminder of their finest day.
It has been a great start to today’s FA Cup action as Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea play out a 0-0 draw. Can the 3pm kick-offs compete with that?
It is a proud day for Coventry at Brighton not just because they are in the fifth round of the FA Cup but due to the fact they have included six graduates from their own academy which is an impressively feat for a League 2 club.
I can assure you that Paul Pogba is not the only man suffering from illness today but some of us just have to get on with the job because we are professionals.
Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United @ManUtd
Barcelona are playing at Eibar this afternoon in their tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country as they prepare to face Chelsea. Sid Lowe spoke to Thomas Vermaelen about the ups and downs he has enjoyed/endured in his time at the Nou Camp.
There is a Brighton debut for Jurgen Locadia following his £14m move to the club in the transfer window. Breaking him in against a League 2 team might be a nice welcome for someone it is hoped will score the goals to guarantee survival in the Premier League.
West Brom are heading towards the drop so this is the last thing they will have wanted. Not to mention Pardew also having his wallet and phone stolen during the trip to Barcelona.
The failed West Brom stag party in Barcelona is something we’ll never be able to forget, especially as those involved are Pardew’s most trusted men who have let him and the rest of the team down. However, for the neutral, it is quite funny. In Pardew’s reign the club have stolen as many taxis as won Premier League games.
Speaking of people requiring taxis, if Southampton lose today Pellegrino might require a black cab to whisk him away from West Bromwich via the collection of his P45 as his side continue to struggle.
For Brighton this win brought a quarter-final place for the first time since 1986 and the suggestion Chris Hughton finally has the depth at his disposal to combine a tilt at the FA Cup and a successful relegation fight.
For Coventry the battle remains yet more profound; Mark Robins’s League Two side were well beaten but it must be hoped that, as a minimum, such an engaging run has propelled a famous, deeply troubled old name back into the national consciousness for good.
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