Stoke City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Seagulls reach FA Cup quarter-finals with narrow win – NewsEverything England

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Stoke City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Seagulls reach FA Cup quarter-finals with narrow win – NewsEverything England
Stoke City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Seagulls reach FA Cup quarter-finals with narrow win – NewsEverything England

Brighton’s hopes of securing a first major trophy remain alive as Evan Ferguson’s first-half goal proved enough to secure a place in the FA Cup sixth round.

Ferguson’s far-post effort saw off a battling Stoke outfit, who came closest to equalising when defender Axel Tuanzebe sent a far-post header across goal and narrowly wide.

It is Brighton’s third quarter-final appearance in six years, having previously only been there twice in their entire history.

They reached the final in 1983, when they were beaten in a replay by Manchester United, and the semi-final in 2019, when they lost to Manchester City.

Roberto de Zerbi’s men failed to reach the heights that allowed them to beat Liverpool in the previous round, but with skipper Lewis Dunk turning in another impressive defensive display, they always had a measure of control against their Championship opponents, who could have taken an early lead when Tyrese Campbell’s effort was kept out by Jason Steele.

Ferguson winner continues fine breakthrough season

The visitors’ winning goal was typical of their trademark fluid style, opening up Stoke with some clinical passing that allowed Kaoru Mitoma to present Ferguson with the easiest of far-post finishes.

It was the Irishman’s fourth goal in nine appearances and extends what has been quite a season for Ferguson, who earned full international honours in November.

Ferguson would have had a second had it not been for an excellent Jack Bonham save after the youngster had created the space to unleash a powerful shot just before the hour.

The forward’s replacement Danny Welbeck also went close near the end but Bonham turned his low shot round the post and fellow substitute Deniz Undav was off balance when he chipped wide of an open goal in stoppage time.

Tuanzebe’s return the high point for Stoke

While it was a disappointing night for Stoke, who are still not completely clear of relegation trouble, it was a notable one for on-loan defender Tuanzebe, who started his first game in 13 months after recovering from a back complaint that has stalled the Manchester United man’s career.

Still only 25, Tuanzebe evidently has a bright future if he can stay fit.

He came so close to levelling when he sent a header narrowly wide midway through the second period and was still berating himself for failing to convert as he returned to his defensive duties.

After that, there was only frustration for the hosts, whose manager Alex Neil felt too many of their attacks were slowed down by the visitors either time-wasting or making the most of limited contact. When they did get in a position to threaten, the final pass let them down.

Player of the match

DunkLewis Dunk

Stoke City

  1. Squad number16Player nameWilmot

  2. Squad number5Player nameTuanzebe

  3. Squad number45Player nameLowe

  4. Squad number20Player nameSterling

  5. Squad number13Player nameBonham

  6. Squad number17Player nameHoever

  7. Squad number10Player nameCampbell

  8. Squad number14Player nameTymon

  9. Squad number15Player nameThompson

  10. Squad number18Player nameSmallbone

  11. Squad number28Player nameLaurent

  12. Squad number9Player nameBrown

  13. Squad number8Player nameBaker

  14. Squad number32Player nameTaylor

  15. Squad number7Player nameClucas

  16. Squad number23Player nameCelina

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  2. Squad number28Player nameFerguson

  3. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

  4. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  5. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  6. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

  7. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  8. Squad number19Player nameSarmiento

  9. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  10. Squad number23Player nameSteele

  11. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  12. Squad number40Player nameBuonanotte

  13. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  14. Squad number20Player nameEnciso

  15. Squad number21Player nameUndav



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bonham
  • 20SterlingSubstituted forClucasat 68′minutes
  • 5TuanzebeSubstituted forTaylorat 76′minutes
  • 16Wilmot
  • 17Hoever
  • 8BakerBooked at 50mins
  • 15Thompson
  • 28LaurentBooked at 21minsSubstituted forSmallboneat 45′minutes
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forCelinaat 76′minutes
  • 9BrownSubstituted forLoweat 83′minutes
  • 14Tymon


  • 3Fox
  • 7Clucas
  • 11Gayle
  • 18Smallbone
  • 23Celina
  • 32Taylor
  • 34Fielding
  • 45Lowe
  • 47Reddin


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 13Groß
  • 29van Hecke
  • 5Dunk
  • 2Lamptey
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 25Caicedo
  • 19SarmientoSubstituted forWelbeckat 79′minutes
  • 40BuonanotteSubstituted forVeltmanat 69′minutes
  • 22MitomaSubstituted forEncisoat 75′minutes
  • 28FergusonSubstituted forUndavat 69′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 1Sánchez
  • 4Webster
  • 18Welbeck
  • 20Enciso
  • 21Undav
  • 34Veltman
  • 38McGill
  • 49Moran
  • 71Hinshelwood

Darren Bond


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