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Cards prepare for big Cup night

Brian Caffarey - 15th November 2010

Cards prepare for big Cup night Woking v Brighton and HA
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
7.45pm on Tuesday 16 November 2010 (All-ticket)

Not many Cards fans travelled down to the Withdean Stadium ten days ago thinking that their side would be able to bring their high-flying League One hosts back to Kingfield for a replay. But a tremendously committed display, coupled with a below par performance from Albion, means that the Cards now have a second bite at the cherry at their own ground. Gus Poyet was distinctly unhappy with his team’s performance in the 0-0 draw and there is no doubt that they will be looking to make amends with a much slicker display on Tuesday evening. It should be another fascinating tactical battle. Don’t miss it!


Graham Baker’s side is beset with injuries as the sequence of Tuesday and Saturday games takes its toll on a small squad. Midfield looks to be the biggest problem area. Both Mark Ricketts and Francis Quarm were unavailable on Saturday v Chelmsford and Graham said on Sunday that both were doubtful for the Cup replay. Lee Sawyer, who had to be rushed into his debut on Saturday, is cup-tied, so can’t help to make up the numbers. Jerome Maledon may be the only recognised first team central midfielder available.

In defence both Adam Doyle and Ricky Anane have had to play recent games with injections and will no doubt do the same on Tuesday evening if they can possibly be got out onto the pitch. The former’s partnership with the ever-improving Joe McNerney is developing nicely. Although Alan Inns was on the bench on Saturday, Graham says that he too was injured: otherwise he would have started, apparently.

Up front, although things didn’t come off for him on Saturday, Elvis Hammond has gained match fitness and has the ability to spring a surprise in the box if given the chance. Moses Ademola and Jerome Federico can provide plenty of pace for counter-attacks. It would be nice to think that the brio Moses showed in scoring on Saturday might lead to greater confidence in the finishing department.

There has been much speculation about Woking’s tactics for this game but it wouldn’t be a great surprise, personnel permitting, to see an attempted repeat of the Withdean approach. The longer Woking can frustrate Albion, the greater their chance of catching them on the break.


Gus Poyet hinted after the 0-0 draw that he was expecting the players who let him down at the Withdean to make amends at Kingfield. While the Seagulls had plenty of possession in that game their approach play was laboured, allowing Woking to set themselves up defensively, and their shooting was poor. Brighton won’t change their basic style of play but we can surely expect a faster tempo this time with more quick one-two’s round the box.

Albion come into this game on the back of only their second league defeat of the season, going down 3-1 at Hartlepool on Saturday. Liam Bridcutt, one of six players who started against Woking, was sent off and won’t be eligible to play on Tuesday. It’s possible that Poyet might want to field most of those players to get that defeat out of their system – in which case we could see a stronger side than that fielded at the Withdean. Interestingly, Poyet commented on Saturday that Brighton are the best team in the league when they are in front: another pointer to Woking to avoid conceding an early goal if at all possible.


This is an all-ticket game, so make sure you buy your tickets in advance.

Tickets can be bought today (Monday) from 10am till 7pm or purchased on-line. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions/U16s. Strict segregation will be in force and there will be no migration to different areas of the ground.

Please bear in mind that work is taking place at the Hoe Bridge near the stadium and that, if you use this route, delays in getting to the ground are likely. For further details please see the news item of 11 November re traffic and car parking.

Come on, you Cards!

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