Brighton hope for a home draw af­ter Clyne fails to lift Cher­ries

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Fa Cup - By Tom Pren­tki at Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium

Chris Hughton ad­mit­ted he had “no prob­lem say­ing I’d like a home tie against a team not in the Pre­mier League” in the FA Cup fourth-round draw af­ter watch­ing his side beat Bournemouth.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is very im­por­tant to me and very im­por­tant to the club,” pro­claimed the Brighton man­ager, who made eight changes to his start­ing XI for the trip along the south coast, one fewer than his coun­ter­part, Ed­die Howe.

The most no­table as­pect of Bournemouth’s team news was a de­but for Nathaniel Clyne fol­low­ing his loan move from Liver­pool.

“He fit­ted in well, he learnt on the job re­ally, how we play, and he ad­justed ex­cel­lently. We needed a right-back with the in­juries we’ve had to Si­mon Fran­cis and Adam Smith,” said Howe.

Clyne was joined at Bournemouth this week by the per­ma­nent £19mil­lion ar­rival of Do­minic Solanke, though Howe re­vealed that the young Eng­land striker will not be fit un­til Fe­bru­ary as he re­cov­ers from a ham­string in­jury.

He could have done with him here. Lys Mous­set and Jor­don Ibe were in­ef­fec­tive in the Bournemouth front line and Howe’s side are once again ship­ping goals at an alarm­ing rate.

They were two down af­ter lit­tle more than half an hour, with An­thony Knock­aert fir­ing in af­ter Jur­gen Lo­ca­dia had seized on a loose ball.

Yves Bis­souma then fin­ished em­phat­i­cally from 30 yards in off the left­hand post with goal­keeper Ar­tur Boruc sprawl­ing in its wake.

“It fol­lows a pattern of re­cent weeks, re­ally,” said Howe of the re­sult. “For 30 min­utes I thought we were the bet­ter team and then sud­denly, their first shot on tar­get they score and then we wob­ble a lit­tle bit.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of mid­fielder David Brooks brought an im­prove­ment for the home side and they re­duced the deficit when Marc Pugh thumped in from the edge of the area 10 min­utes af­ter half-time.

But Brighton soon re­stored their two-goal cush­ion when Shane Duffy was al­lowed a free header from Knock­aert’s cor­ner and he knocked the ball back across the six-yard box for Florin An­done to nod home.

“I’m re­ally pleased,” said Hughton. “I think we had some prob­lems with how Bournemouth play and we were prob­a­bly 2-0 up against the run of play. But af­ter that I thought we man­aged the game well and I’m re­ally de­lighted to get through.”

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