Yves Bissouma scored a shocking strike as Brighton prevented an FA Cup upset by beating League One Blackpool 2-1.
Bissouma, who has been linked with a host of Europe’s top golf equipment, underlined his potential by opening the scoring with a thunderous drive from 30 yards.
The guests briefly levelled by Gary Madine’s close-range finish however have been unable to say a second successive Premier League scalp as Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate claimed a fortuitous second-half winner.
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Albion’s slender victory books a fifth-round journey to both Brentford or Leicester and gives a well timed confidence enhance forward of Wednesday’s top-flight showdown with Fulham.
Graham Potter’s males, who sit 5 points above the Cottagers, knew all in regards to the risks of lower-league opposition having been taken to penalties by League Two Newport in spherical three.
Blackpool, in the meantime, travelled south looking for to spring one other shock by including to their shootout success over West Brom.
Potter and Seasiders boss Neil Critchley every opted for six modifications for the primary assembly of the golf equipment in cup competition.
Brighton’s alterations included a primary look for the membership since Might 2015 for goalkeeper Christian Walton, whereas current arrivals Percy Tau and Andi Zeqiri got possibilities to impress in attack.
Walton, who has had seven loan spells away from the Amex Stadium, was pressed into motion inside 18 minutes when he pulled off an outstanding cease to show away a Luke Garbutt free-kick.
Albion have been dominating possession however wanted a second of magic from the recalled Bissouma – who’s reportedly a target for Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and others – to spark life into the competition.
After retrieving Alzate’s free cross, the Mali international sidestepped Seasiders midfielder Matty Advantage earlier than unleashing a dipping drive into the top-left nook.
Head coach Potter would have hoped to see his team construct on the superb particular person effort however any ideas of a simple trip have been wiped out moments earlier than the break.
Former Everton man Garbutt discovered house on the left to ship a dangerous cross, leaving striker Madine to poke his third goal in 4 video games previous Walton from shut vary.
The equaliser proved to solely be a short lived inconvenience for the Seagulls as they restored their lead 13 minutes after the restart, albeit with a big slice of luck.
Alexis Mac Allister took goal from vary on this event however, in contrast to Bissouma’s eye-catching effort, the shot required a hefty deflection off Alzate to deceive visiting keeper Chris Maxwell and roll into the underside left nook.
Blackpool by no means actually regarded like forcing extra-time and most likely ought to have lost by a larger margin.
Unmarked Seagulls striker Neal Maupay wasted a golden chance to place the end result past doubt seven minutes from time when he blasted straight at Maxwell after being picked out by fellow substitute Leandro Trossard, whereas Davy Propper additionally went shut.
The missed alternatives mattered little within the end as Brighton registered a primary home success since mid-September forward of their tantalising league conflict with Scott Parker’s Fulham.