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Hughton happy as Brighton comfortable victors over Coventry

Brighton were comfortable FA Cup victors over Coventry City.

Brighton reached the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 32 years with a comfortable 3-1 success over Coventry of Sky Bet League Two at the AMEX Stadium.

The hosts were ahead after 15 minutes when a low cross from Anthony Knockaert was tapped in by £14million record signing Jurgen Locadia for a debut goal.

Centre-back Connor Goldson headed home Markus Suttner's corner to put the Premier League outfit into a 2-0 lead at the break before Leonardo Ulloa scored his first goal for Brighton since rejoining the club on loan from Leicester with a powerful header in the 61st minute to move 3-0 up.

Jonson Clarke-Harris, who hit the woodwork in the second half, grabbed a consolation goal for Coventry with 13 minutes remaining as the 1987 winners turn their attentions to promotion from the fourth tier.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said, “The application was exactly what you need in this type of game. We had to work hard for it today and credit to Coventry for that.

“We wanted to start fast and take the sting out of their game, particularly if we could score early and build on that.

“It was always going to be about application - I can't fault ours, we very much played on the front foot and wanted to get an early lead.

“The first goal deflated them a little bit - it was a super goal and one for Jurgen [Locadia] to get off the mark.

“Leo's [Ulloa] goal is what he can do - he's a target man and wants to get into the box. He's the type of striker that if you provide a service for him, he'll have opportunities to score."

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