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Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton vs Crystal Palace - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - February 10, 2018 Everton's Eliaquim Mangala lies injured Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo
Premier League - Everton vs Crystal Palace
Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton vs Crystal Palace - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - February 10, 2018 Everton's Eliaquim Mangala lies injured Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo
Improved online betting features and some favourable sporting results are likely to help bookmaker William Hill return to profit growth this week. Chief executive Philip Bowcock has been trying to improve the quality of its online business to make it more ­appealing to users. The move seems to have paid off, with consensus forecasts predicting a rise in adjusted earnings (ebitda) to roughly £290m for 2017. This would be an 11pc rise compared to 2016, when profits dropped 10pc to £261m. The company is also likely to be helped by a string of bookmaker-friendly football results in December after some of the Premier League’s most heavily backed teams were held to draws rather than securing their ­expected wins. Analysts at investment bank UBS said customer loyalty was improving at William Hill and that it had increased its share of the amount of money being wagered by punters. Broker Peel Hunt acknowledged the company’s January trading update was ahead of expectations, which boded well for the full-year results. William Hill shares However, it has held its 2018 forecasts on the view that a potential hit from the UK Government’s review into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) seems more likely than the possible upside from the liberalisation of gambling laws in the US. The Government’s review into FOBTs is key for William Hill and its ­rivals with a large retail estate. There has been growing speculation in ­recent weeks that ministers will opt to slash maximum stakes on the machines from £100, at present, down to £2. The machines are a key component to shops’ profitability and the gambling industry has argued thousands of betting stores could close if the Government opted for the harshest outcome. Critics of the machines are in favour of substantially reduced stakes because they blame them for contributing heavily to problem gambling.
William Hill set for return to profit growth after online overhaul
Improved online betting features and some favourable sporting results are likely to help bookmaker William Hill return to profit growth this week. Chief executive Philip Bowcock has been trying to improve the quality of its online business to make it more ­appealing to users. The move seems to have paid off, with consensus forecasts predicting a rise in adjusted earnings (ebitda) to roughly £290m for 2017. This would be an 11pc rise compared to 2016, when profits dropped 10pc to £261m. The company is also likely to be helped by a string of bookmaker-friendly football results in December after some of the Premier League’s most heavily backed teams were held to draws rather than securing their ­expected wins. Analysts at investment bank UBS said customer loyalty was improving at William Hill and that it had increased its share of the amount of money being wagered by punters. Broker Peel Hunt acknowledged the company’s January trading update was ahead of expectations, which boded well for the full-year results. William Hill shares However, it has held its 2018 forecasts on the view that a potential hit from the UK Government’s review into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) seems more likely than the possible upside from the liberalisation of gambling laws in the US. The Government’s review into FOBTs is key for William Hill and its ­rivals with a large retail estate. There has been growing speculation in ­recent weeks that ministers will opt to slash maximum stakes on the machines from £100, at present, down to £2. The machines are a key component to shops’ profitability and the gambling industry has argued thousands of betting stores could close if the Government opted for the harshest outcome. Critics of the machines are in favour of substantially reduced stakes because they blame them for contributing heavily to problem gambling.
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Pep Guardiola will finally make it to Wigan’s DW Stadium for competitive action tonight, 13 years after the Manchester City manager almost signed for the League One club as a player. In one of the more surreal examples of alternate football histories, then-Wigan manager Paul Jewell actually thought he had agreed a deal for Guardiola, then 34, to move to Lancashire as the ex-Barcelona player sought a deal in England towards the end of his career. Jewell’s hopes ended when Guardiola’s agent called to say he would instead be accepting a more lucrative offer in Qatar, before he eventually moved to Mexico, although tonight’s fifth round FA Cup tie at least gives the Catalan the chance to survey the surroundings he might once have called home. “Yeah, it was years ago,” said Guardiola. “But I was not good enough! That is the truth, yeah. “I was old, really old, as a football player to come here. I tried to come here to play in English football but I was not able. The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever! "They were so clever because I was not good enough! “Wigan were interested in me, I didn't choose the club. It didn't happen and that's all.” Paul Jewell was impressed with how much Guardiola knew about Wigan Credit: Getty Images Guardiola’s modesty not withstanding, Jewell recalled his conversation with the City manager differently, in a later interview. “I got a call from Guardiola’s agent and he gave me Pep’s number so I rang him and left a message,” said Jewell. “Quite remarkably, five minutes later he rang me back. He knew all about Wigan, all about our players – I was really impressed. “We had a terrific conversation and he told me he would like to come and play in the Premier League. His wages weren’t extortionate and he was all set to come when his agent called me a couple of days later saying Pep had received a mind-blowing offer from Qatar. So it was Qatar or Wigan.” Wigan have fallen far from their eight-season stay in the Premier League which culminated, of course, in beating City in the 2013 FA Cup Final. But victories in this season’s competition over Bournemouth and West Ham mean that Guardiola will treat the tie with caution although he is adamant that back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains his first choice for domestic cup competitions. That guarantee seems to assure the Chilean of starting for City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final meeting with Arsenal - City’s first opportunity to secure one of the four trophies they are currently chasing. “He’s going to play, Claudio,” said Guardiola. “We are in the Carabao Cup Final thanks to him. So I cannot forget what happened, he saved two rounds of penalties, and the way he played, the safest, in the Carabao Cup. “That is the decision this season. The other (competitions), we will see. Claudio Bravo will feature for Man City in cup competitions Credit: Getty Images “The goalkeeper’s a different position to the other 10 team mates but, you know, it all depends on the performance and the quality but in this competition Claudio is going to play.” The 34-year-old Chilean lost his first team place last summer when Guardiola signed young Brazilian Ederson, who has been in inspired form this season. Bravo has not started a single Premier League game in the current campaign although his manager insists his selection as “cup keeper” is not simply in order to keep him satisfied. “I don’t do that to keep him happy,” said Guardiola. “It’s because in the top clubs we need two good goalkeepers so you cannot survive with just one goalkeeper - if he is injured, suspended, something like that and the other one doesn’t have the level. “So all the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have. “His reaction has been perfect. I know for the players, not just Claudio, when they don’t play regularly it’s not an easy situation. “They are here to play, I understand completely. But he was perfect and he knows, in football, situations change from one day to the other and he has to be ready.”
Pep Guardiola on nearly signing for Wigan 15 years ago: 'I tried to play in England but I was not good enough!'
Pep Guardiola will finally make it to Wigan’s DW Stadium for competitive action tonight, 13 years after the Manchester City manager almost signed for the League One club as a player. In one of the more surreal examples of alternate football histories, then-Wigan manager Paul Jewell actually thought he had agreed a deal for Guardiola, then 34, to move to Lancashire as the ex-Barcelona player sought a deal in England towards the end of his career. Jewell’s hopes ended when Guardiola’s agent called to say he would instead be accepting a more lucrative offer in Qatar, before he eventually moved to Mexico, although tonight’s fifth round FA Cup tie at least gives the Catalan the chance to survey the surroundings he might once have called home. “Yeah, it was years ago,” said Guardiola. “But I was not good enough! That is the truth, yeah. “I was old, really old, as a football player to come here. I tried to come here to play in English football but I was not able. The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever! "They were so clever because I was not good enough! “Wigan were interested in me, I didn't choose the club. It didn't happen and that's all.” Paul Jewell was impressed with how much Guardiola knew about Wigan Credit: Getty Images Guardiola’s modesty not withstanding, Jewell recalled his conversation with the City manager differently, in a later interview. “I got a call from Guardiola’s agent and he gave me Pep’s number so I rang him and left a message,” said Jewell. “Quite remarkably, five minutes later he rang me back. He knew all about Wigan, all about our players – I was really impressed. “We had a terrific conversation and he told me he would like to come and play in the Premier League. His wages weren’t extortionate and he was all set to come when his agent called me a couple of days later saying Pep had received a mind-blowing offer from Qatar. So it was Qatar or Wigan.” Wigan have fallen far from their eight-season stay in the Premier League which culminated, of course, in beating City in the 2013 FA Cup Final. But victories in this season’s competition over Bournemouth and West Ham mean that Guardiola will treat the tie with caution although he is adamant that back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains his first choice for domestic cup competitions. That guarantee seems to assure the Chilean of starting for City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final meeting with Arsenal - City’s first opportunity to secure one of the four trophies they are currently chasing. “He’s going to play, Claudio,” said Guardiola. “We are in the Carabao Cup Final thanks to him. So I cannot forget what happened, he saved two rounds of penalties, and the way he played, the safest, in the Carabao Cup. “That is the decision this season. The other (competitions), we will see. Claudio Bravo will feature for Man City in cup competitions Credit: Getty Images “The goalkeeper’s a different position to the other 10 team mates but, you know, it all depends on the performance and the quality but in this competition Claudio is going to play.” The 34-year-old Chilean lost his first team place last summer when Guardiola signed young Brazilian Ederson, who has been in inspired form this season. Bravo has not started a single Premier League game in the current campaign although his manager insists his selection as “cup keeper” is not simply in order to keep him satisfied. “I don’t do that to keep him happy,” said Guardiola. “It’s because in the top clubs we need two good goalkeepers so you cannot survive with just one goalkeeper - if he is injured, suspended, something like that and the other one doesn’t have the level. “So all the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have. “His reaction has been perfect. I know for the players, not just Claudio, when they don’t play regularly it’s not an easy situation. “They are here to play, I understand completely. But he was perfect and he knows, in football, situations change from one day to the other and he has to be ready.”
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”

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