Locadia provides Seagulls lift

18 February 2018 04:54:20 EST

Recent signing Jurgen Locadia made a big impression with boss Chris Hughton as he marked his Brighton debut with a goal in the 3-1 FA Cup win at home to Coventry City.

The Seagulls' record signing had been short of full fitness when he arrived on the South Coast from PSV Eindhoven, but was finally unleashed against the League Two Sky Blues on Saturday.

It was important he came through with no issues and looked quite strong.

Chris Hughton

And he impressed by going close on several occasions, as well as finding the net when converting an Anthony Knockaert cross inside 15 minutes of kick-off at the Amex Stadium.

Afterwards, Hughton was delighted to see Locadia not only among the goals, but also having proved his fitness by lasting 77 minutes before being replaced by Sam Baldock.

He told reporters: "What was more important was he came through the game. He hasn't played for close to two months and it was important he came through with no issues and looked quite strong.

"He was in good form for PSV and was used to scoring goals, we are still learning about him. He has a flexibility in his game, he has not always played as a No.9.

"He played in a 4-3-3 at PSV on numerous occasions, sometimes in a wider area and you probably saw that in his game. To get off the mark in his first game I'm sure will give him a lift."

Brighton have been draw away to Manchester United in the sixth round of the FA Cup, setting up a repeat of the 1983 final between the two sides.

Then the first meeting ended in a 2-2 draw, before the Red Devils powered to a 4-0 win in the Wembley replay.

Brighton are 1212/1 to lift the FA Cup this season, with United available at 9/4 and Chelsea priced at 13/8.

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