We'll start as favourites but won't underestimate Millwall - Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Chris Hughton accepts Brighton & Hove Albion will start today's FA Cup quarter-final at Millwall as the favourites but says no one at the club will be underestimating the Lions.

Albion sit 15th in the Premier League and travel to a Millwall side who are 19th n the Championship.

Brighton are aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1983 and just the second time in their history.

Hughton knows how tough the game will be at The Den though, especially as Millwall beat Everton 3-2 at home in the fourth round.

He said: "We will start the game as favourites because we are the Premier League team but the balances are they are playing at home and are on the back of beating Everton at home in a previous round.

"It shows what they are capable of doing and the levels they are capable of playing at.

"I certainly don't see this game as any easier than the very difficult away game we had at Palace. We will have to show the same type of mentality and quality that we showed at Crystal Palace."

Hughton added all of the squad will know what to expect in an intimidating atmosphere and said: "We'll know what to expect and it's about making sure we do that on the day.

"There won't be anybody around the team or the coaching staff who will underestimate a Millwall side playing at home in the environment they play in.

"For as much as we can talk about an opportunity to progress through to the semi-finals, they'll be talking exactly the same way.

"They'll want to go through every bit as much as what we want to."


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