Brighton fans watched their team crash out of the League Cup on Tuesday night.
After the defeat their has been a lot said about Chris Hughton’s team selection.
Hughton played an entire reserve team, with only squad player Liam Rosenior remaining from the side that lost at Bournemouth on Friday night in the Premier League.
Tim Krul made his Brighton debut as Brighton lost in extra time 1-0.
Brighton fans, despite the odd dissenting voice, seem pretty United as to whether playing the reserves was the right way to go before meeting Newcastle United…
Comments from Brighton fans via their top North Stand Chat message board:
‘Chris Hughton treats all cups the same. He’s just not interested.’
‘Well he should be.’
‘Two hours of football and no goals. Still, all will be well again if we beat Newcastle on Sunday.’
‘This game was always going to be a nothing game, if we were winning, great but if we ever fell behind, we were never really going to go to try to turn it around, (the same as our cup exploits last season) as the league is far more important. We have to prioritise and the league must be our main focus.’
‘Let’s put this in perspective….due to injuries to strikers and central midfielders, we had to play a weakened 2nd team as we can’t take risks In certain positions. It was a fitness run out for squad players.
Our priority is the PL. we lost, but it’s not worth getting despondant about…it’s Sunday that’s the crucial game.’
‘OK its a tin pot cup and 100 times less important than Sunday but confidence building opportunity lost.’
‘This game was completely meaningless. Last season we went out of the fa cup to a non league side.
The match on Sunday is looking pretty huge at the moment. Win and we are sitting pretty and can afford to take a point from the next 2 matches.’
‘We have gone out in extra-time away to a team that should have expected to win on paper. We didn’t disgrace ourselves and hopefully nobody else is out for Sunday. In the current situation, that’ll do.’
‘We all knew we are going to field a rubbish team, however, the first half was pretty even and there was the remote hope we might go for it in the second.
However, I can’t help but feel that the management were disrespectful to both fans and to the players that they kept on the pitch for the entire second half.
The only reason we were still in the game was the woeful shooting by Bournemouth. The game was crying out for either Knockhaert or March but Hughton did nothing until we went behind so it was nothing more than a token gesture.’
‘Should we care about the F L Cup?
We never do much and this year no exception. In the future, cup ties will be our paths to glory since (unless we do a Leicester ) we will not win the Prem. For now though nothing must distract us from the big job that is league survival.
Consolidate our position and build for the future…’
‘I would like to see us taking it seriously. I would love to see us actually win something and these cups are the most likely option by some distance.
I know that survival should be our highest priority but i think a good cup run can keep things positive.
I would like to have seen us take it more seriously.’
‘Maybe not exactly awe inspiring, but it’s a run out for the second string players and it’s less rubbish games to deal with the okey koke cup, which means more concentration on PL.’
‘If that’s the best the second string have got then boy are we in trouble.’