Locadia benefiting from ´competitive´ Brighton - Hughton

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Brighton have put themselves in a brilliant position to both stay in the Premier League and go far in the FA Cup this season.

Chris Hughton wants Brighton to continue their good form and take it into the crunch Premier League clash with Swansea at the end of the month.

League Two Coventry - winners in 1987 - are now 63 places below the Premier League Seagulls in the football pyramid ahead of Saturday's fifth-round clash at the Amex Stadium.

He will remind them that last season they lost 3-1 to non-League Lincoln in the fourth round.

"We'd won the cup on a few occasions before; for them it was a massive, massive occasion and whenever I'm around anything to do with Coventry that's the one that's always brought back, that '87 cup final".

The last time Brighton and Coventry met at the Amex was in the Championship in November 2011.

The Sky Blues now sit 9th in League Two, and are in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2009.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins felt his players acquitted themselves well against superior opposition and was pleased they showed attacking intent. We have had a great run and played some great games along the way.

Record signing Jurgen Locadia is expected to start for the first time since joining from PSV in January for £14 million.

"If we didn't go into the game feeling it was winnable then there would be no point going".

The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Chris Hughton's Brighton are now 14th in the top-flight but have achieved just six wins so far this season. Those defeats were against three of the Premier League's top four clubs, evidence if needed just how tough Coventry's task will be on Saturday.

With Coventry in the shake-up for the play-offs and Brighton still in the relegation mix, neither of these sides really need this game right now.

"We were favourites going into the game and not only favourites, we scored very early in the game, " Hughton said.



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