Spyin' Kop - Brighton & Hove Albion (H) - 19th February, 16:30

Posted by Dave_Rob7 on February 13, 2012, 04:04:09 PM

                                                                     Venue : Anfield
                                                                     Date : Sunday, 19th February 2011
                                                                     Time : 16:30 UK Time
                                                                     Referee : Andre Marriner

                                                                     FA Cup results 2012 – Liverpool

                                                                     3rd Round – Liverpool 5 – 1 Oldham
                                                                     4th Round – Liverpool 2 – 1 Man Utd

                                                                     FA Cup Results 2012 – Brighton & Hove Albion
                                                                     3rd Round – Brighton 1 – 1 Wrexham
                                                                     3rd Round replay – Wrexham 1 – 1 Brighton (4-5 Pen)
                                                                     4th Round – Brighton 1 – 0 Newcastle

                                                                    Previous  5 Meetings
                                                                    21/09/2011 – Brighton 1 – 2 Liverpool (Carling Cup)
                                                                    30/01/1991 – Brighton 2 – 3 Liverpool (FA Cup Replay)
                                                                    26/01/1991 – Liverpool 2 – 2 Brighton (FA Cup)
                                                                    29/10/1985 – Liverpool 4 – 0 Brighton (Milk Cup)
                                                                    29/01/1984 – Brighton 2 – 0 Liverpool (FA Cup)

Its FA Cup 5th round time, with Liverpool looking to reach the quarter finals for the first time since winning the cup in 2006.
As for Brighton its since 1986. Brighton will be looking to recreate the heroics of their famous win against Liverpool in 1984.
The two clubs met in the Carling Cup this season with Liverpool Coming out with the win 2-1,
with Goals from Bellamy and Kuyt with Barnes scoring a late penalty at the AMEX Stadium.
This has the making of a great cup tie and I asked a few questions to Brigton Fans, Brighton4Cambridge3, Mellor 3 Ward 4, jackanada & Freddo
from their forum http://www.northstandchat.com ,

How has the season been shaping up so far?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Started off fantastically with a real buzz surrounding the club following our move to the AMEX, definitely a slump after when played Leeds, You and Crystal Palace in a short space of time; we didn’t win in 9 games. Now we have picked up fantastically, and look like we could sneak in the play-offs.

jackanada: Goal this season was to be competitive. We were a bit porous at the back to begin with which we got away with for a while before a bit of a poor run but we've sharpened up and should be in the hunt for the playoffs even if we don't make them.

Freddo: Really well. People made so much of our amazing start and awful form since but we’ve actually been pretty solid since. If you’d ask me before the start of the season to be one point off the playoffs in February I’d have bitten your hand off.

What are your expectations for this season? Have they changed from day one?

Brighton4Cambridge3: I expected us to be just to be outside the play-offs with such a feel good factor around the club.

jackanada: I deliberately had none. We could finish bottom of the league and have gone out of every cup 1st round and I'd still be happy because we have a stadium.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Way beyond expectation. When the season started, I'd be happy to finish fourth bottom - to be in the middle of Feb and a point off the play-offs is quite an achievment from the players.

Freddo: Consolidation. They haven’t changed since the start of the season and we’re currently playing above my expectation.

Who do you think is your most important player(s)?

Brighton4Cambridge3: At the moment Will Buckley has been on fire, and CMS on his day is a world-class player. Also Craig Noone – boyhood Liverpool fan who went to watch Chelsea away in the Carling cup this year. Also roofed Gerrard’s house when he played for Skelmensdale (sorry for sp.) and Southport.

jackanada: Liam Bridcutt, the Makelele of the championship.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Defence - Liam Bridcutt is a quality holding midfield player - cost us nothing and IMO our best signing of the past few years, plus Gordon Greer, captain and CB. In attack - Buckley is playing well - but I fancy Southport old boy Craig Noone to start (and play well) on Sunday.

Freddo: Liam Bridcutt. When he plays well the team plays well and vice versa.

Do you have a particular memory of any previous meeting between our
clubs? Say something that happened to you that day or a decision you
disagreed with?

Brighton4Cambridge3: As I’m 18, I missed the glory days for you, but any Albion fan would point to our victory in 1983 and then again in 1984.

jackanada: Only 7 in 83, but faintly recall a fat liverpool supporting kid at my school being even angrier than usual.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: 83 is the obvious one, but we also beat you the year later atthe Goldstone in the FA Cup. Gerry Ryan and Terry Connor if memory serves. Old boy Lawro torn apart! I was also at Anfield to watch us get well beaten in the league cup - mid 80s ? - Fashanu played for us, and Anfield was pretty empty.

Freddo: The Carling Cup game earlier this season was our first chance to see Vicente in action. My favourite moment of the game was Vicente mugging off Carragher for our penalty!

Any young up and coming players in the squad that we might not know about?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Jake Forster-Caskey, son of Nicky Forster, also Lewis Dunk, future England Centre Half IMHO.

jackanada: Jake Forster-Caskey has broken through since we last met, doesn't look out of place at this level and could well step up.

Freddo: Lewis Dunk, our young centre back linked with Spurs and Everton during the January transfer window, is a fantastic prospect.

What sort of line-up will be put out against us?

Brighton4Cambridge3: I would hope for 4-4-2, solid and works with the way we play.

jackanada: Do your research - we only play one way!

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Lots of choice for Gus when it comes to the team for Sunday, with the exception of Full Backs - where both are recent (loan) signings are cup tied.

Freddo: As strong as possible. Our loanee fullbacks are cup tied so the back 4 are sure to be Calderon, Dunk, Greer and El-Abd, with Brezovan in goal. Going forward, we will probably play Bridcutt, Navarro, Buckley, Barnes, and two out of CMS, Sam Vokes, Lua Lua, and Craig Noone.

Do you have any favourite/best chant(s) and perhaps any that require
an explanation?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Good Old Sussex By the Sea, good because it’s ours and no-body else sing’s it. Dates back to troops leaving for the front in WWI.

jackanada: Good Old Sussex by the Sea will be much in evidence (works better for cup games)
Hopefully not too many renditions of our songs about how much we hate Crystal Palace.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: GOSBTS (Good Old Sussex By the Sea) - It will no doubt be sung far too fast. (and tends to end up a bit of a shambles, which is a shame as it's unique to us)

Freddo: A couple weeks ago at Palace we sang, to the tune of “You’ll never walk alone”, “Groupon, Groupon, Buy One, Get One Free! And you’ll never fill your ground, you’ll never fill your ground!” This was after it was found that Groupon were flogging tickets to Palace matches, which the majority of Brighton fans found quite amusing.

Have you been happy with Brighton's run in the cup this year?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Very happy. To beat Newcastle was a fantastic pleasant surprise.

jackanada: We've put out one Premiership team in each cup so far so yes!

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Of course we're happy with the Cup run - BUT beating Millwall tomorrow is more important IMO

Freddo: Definitely. Beating Newcastle at home and having the chance to go to Anfield has made it a great cup run, regardless of the outcome of the game.

Which Liverpool player will you fear the most?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Steven Gerrard – world class player. One of my England favourites.

jackanada: Craig Bellamy. Fast, skilful and as big a wind up merchant as El-Abd (you'll see)

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Bellamy. Played well at our place. Sort of player you HATE when he plays against you (nut love when he's in your side)

Freddo: Steven Gerrard.

As it is well documented, how do you feel about Gus Poyet's comments
about Luis Suarez?

Brighton4Cambridge3: Shouldn’t have got involved, came across with the wrong message.

jackanada: One of the great things about Gus is he'll say what he thinks about almost anything. I won't and it's probably best that everyone just shuts up about the whole thing now.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: Gus should have kept his mouth shut IMO.

Freddo: I was disappointed he felt the need to get involved, particularly when he wouldn’t have had access to all the information. The events that have occurred since then show he was quite naive in doing so. However, I’m a massive fan of Poyet, and I’m sure he’ll learn from this as he has the makings of a top manager.

Care to predict the score?

Brighton4Cambridge3: 2-1 to you. We will equalise.

jackanada: 1-1 I'd fancy an upset more if we hadn't played you already.

Mellor 3 Ward 4: 2-0 to you lot

Freddo: Tough to call. I’d love to say that I think we can get a result but I think home advantage will be the overriding factor. I reckon it’ll be the same as in the Carling Cup earlier this season, 2-1 Liverpool.

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