Chris Hughton believes it’s essential that Brighton go into their FA Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City confident of victory.
The Seagulls have been handed the least favourable opponents in today’s semi-final draw in City, who are chasing a historic quadruple this season.
Although it’s fair to say that Brighton were fortunate to make it to this stage after going two goals down to Championship side Millwall in this afternoon’s quarter-final tie at The Den.
But two goals in as many minutes from Jurgen Locadia and Solly March salvaged a 2-2 draw for Brighton before defeating Millwall 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out win.
“All three other teams probably didn’t want to play Man City but at the moment we are so pleased to go through and if we don’t think we can win, then there is no point going into the tie,” Brighton boss Hughton told BBC.
“We are up against one of the best sides in the country, but on the day, we have a chance and we will have to have everything go our way.”
The former Newcastle manager conceded Brighton were “fortunate” to progress to the last four of the FA Cup after not creating enough opportunities.
“As soon as Solly [March] played the ball in, we were disappointed because he over hit it but sometimes you need those moments,” said Hughton.
“We probably didn’t create enough of them but we had a bit of fortune to swing it our way.
“We were confident in the penalty shoot-out, but when you miss the first one and they score, you think it may not be our day. But we showed enough with our remaining takers and I think we showed more over the 90 minutes.”
Brighton will next take a trip to St Mary’s to meet Southampton in a Premier League match on March 30.