FA Cup (R1r)
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 16th NovemberNov 2010
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 4193

2 - 2
0 - 3

Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion

Cards prepare for big Cup night

Brian Caffarey
7:10am, Mon 15th Nov 2010
Woking v Brighton and HA
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
7.45pm on Tuesday 16 November 2010 (All-ticket)

Not many Cards fans travelled down to the Withdean Stadium ten days ago thinking that their side would be able to bring their high-flying League One hosts back to Kingfield for a replay. But a tremendously committed display, coupled with a below par performance from Albion, means that the Cards now have a second bite at the cherry at their own ground. Gus Poyet was distinctly unhappy with his team’s performance in the 0-0 draw and there is no doubt that they will be looking to make amends with a much slicker display on Tuesday evening. It should be another fascinating tactical battle. Don’t miss it!


Graham Baker’s side is beset with injuries as the sequence of Tuesday and Saturday games takes its toll on a small squad. Midfield looks to be the biggest problem area. Both Mark Ricketts and Francis Quarm were unavailable on Saturday v Chelmsford and Graham said on Sunday that both were doubtful for the Cup replay. Lee Sawyer, who had to be rushed into his debut on Saturday, is cup-tied, so can’t help to make up the numbers. Jerome Maledon may be the only recognised first team central midfielder available.

In defence both Adam Doyle and Ricky Anane have had to play recent games with injections and will no doubt do the same on Tuesday evening if they can possibly be got out onto the pitch. The former’s partnership with the ever-improving Joe McNerney is developing nicely. Although Alan Inns was on the bench on Saturday, Graham says that he too was injured: otherwise he would have started, apparently.

Up front, although things didn’t come off for him on Saturday, Elvis Hammond has gained match fitness and has the ability to spring a surprise in the box if given the chance. Moses Ademola and Jerome Federico can provide plenty of pace for counter-attacks. It would be nice to think that the brio Moses showed in scoring on Saturday might lead to greater confidence in the finishing department.

There has been much speculation about Woking’s tactics for this game but it wouldn’t be a great surprise, personnel permitting, to see an attempted repeat of the Withdean approach. The longer Woking can frustrate Albion, the greater their chance of catching them on the break.


Gus Poyet hinted after the 0-0 draw that he was expecting the players who let him down at the Withdean to make amends at Kingfield. While the Seagulls had plenty of possession in that game their approach play was laboured, allowing Woking to set themselves up defensively, and their shooting was poor. Brighton won’t change their basic style of play but we can surely expect a faster tempo this time with more quick one-two’s round the box.

Albion come into this game on the back of only their second league defeat of the season, going down 3-1 at Hartlepool on Saturday. Liam Bridcutt, one of six players who started against Woking, was sent off and won’t be eligible to play on Tuesday. It’s possible that Poyet might want to field most of those players to get that defeat out of their system – in which case we could see a stronger side than that fielded at the Withdean. Interestingly, Poyet commented on Saturday that Brighton are the best team in the league when they are in front: another pointer to Woking to avoid conceding an early goal if at all possible.


This is an all-ticket game, so make sure you buy your tickets in advance.

Tickets can be bought today (Monday) from 10am till 7pm or purchased on-line. Admission prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions/U16s. Strict segregation will be in force and there will be no migration to different areas of the ground.

Please bear in mind that work is taking place at the Hoe Bridge near the stadium and that, if you use this route, delays in getting to the ground are likely. For further details please see the news item of 11 November re traffic and car parking.

Come on, you Cards!

Kingfield rocks and so does Elvis!

Alan Worth
12:22am, Wed 17th Nov 2010
Woking 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (0-3 on penalties)
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
16th November 2010

So Woking’s run in this year’s FA Cup finally came to an end after two magnificent performances against League One leaders Brighton. The Cards gave their league rivals an awful fright as they again proved that they could match Brighton and at times dominate this replay, taking a deserved lead during the first period of extra-time and only finally losing out to the heartache of a penalty shoot-out.

The four thousand fans who filled Kingfield on a misty and cold evening witnessed a pulsating cup encounter that had just about everything and will have recalled for many the magic of those cup runs almost twenty years ago. For this Woking performance was surely up with the best, as courageous, hard fought, emotional and at times almost magical as Graham Baker’s side so nearly pulled off what would have been another giant killing to rival those at Millwall and even West Brom.

Though the penalties were disappointing, the team in red and white had run themselves into the ground for 120 minutes and surely tired legs and the inevitable pressure of TV cameras, a large crowd and this final chance to secure a famous win finally took their toll. All three Woking penalties were missed and, as substitute Christian Baz rolled his penalty past Andy Little to secure Brighton’s passage into the next round, it was a chance to reflect on a proud Kingfield night.

Graham Baker again employed the same side and tactical formation that had worked so well at the Withdean with 'man of the match' Elvis Hammond (pictured) operating as a lone front man. And he proved a real handful for the Brighton defence, holding up the ball and providing the outlet that Woking needed with the inevitable early pressure from the visitors. It was Elvis who set up the Cards' first real chance after only nine minutes. In the first of many quick breaks down the right-hand side the striker’s ball across the Brighton box found Jerome Federico stretching at the far post but he couldn’t keep his shot down and from a tight angle the ball flew over the bar.

With Aswad Thomas and Ricky Anne raiding down both flanks and creating problems for the Brighton defence, the League side were not having things all their own way. Again Hammond beat his marker and saw his shot just turned round the post by Brezovan. From the resulting corner there was panic in the visitors' box but somehow the ball was scrambled away.

On 24 minutes Andy Little was called into action as he made a save to his right as Bennett connected with a good ball in from the left. Almost immediately the Seagulls had another chance. This time Kishishev volleyed over after a chipped pass had got him, for once, behind the Woking defence. Another long ball over the top picked out Barnes but his first touch was poor and the chance was gone. And on 40 minutes Andy Little made another great save to foil Sparrow, who turned in the box and got a dangerous shot away.

Woking had a final chance of the half as Hammond picked out Moses Ademola but he was challenged before shooting and, despite the crowd’s call for a penalty, the ball was cleared.

Half-time: Woking 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

The second period began with a period of concerted Brighton pressure. A dangerous free-kick from Bennett was headed wide of Little’s post and, shortly after, a second free-kick put in Dicker but his shot was horribly miscued.

Federico had an opportunity after collecting the ball from a superb Ricketts challenge but the young midfielder chose to shoot from long range when a pass might have been the better option. And then from a Ricketts free-kick, Ademola found himself with a great opportunity in front of a gaping goal but he needed two touches to control the ball and a desperate Brighton lunge was enough to clear the danger.

On 57 minutes the deadlock was finally broken. A long ball in from Taricco on the left was headed down for Sparrow to score from close range. Many might have thought that would be that but this Woking side were not prepared to give up the fight. Roared on by their magnificent fans and with Ola Sogbanmu on for Federico, the Cards began to create their own chances and force the League side onto the back foot.

First, a great ball from Joe McNerney almost set up Elvis Hammond. A minute later Quarm volleyed wide from a knock-down and a Ricketts free-kick was safely collected by Brezovan.

But on 72 minutes some great skill from Elvis Hammond had the Cards back level. The striker collected a Thomas throw and wriggled his way up the bye line. His ball into the box created havoc and the resulting scramble ended in Greer finding his own net as the Seagulls desperately tried to clear. It was no more than Woking deserved.

It was now all Woking as Ademola began to find space down the right-hand side. Sogbanmu headed over a Thomas cross after great work again from Hammond and a Moses pull-back found Mark Ricketts but his left-foot shot was wide. With three minutes remaining, another shot from Ademola was saved before he was substituted for Craig Faulconbridge.

In the dying minutes, however, it was Brighton who had the chance to win it. Sparrow volleyed over from six yards and then Taricco was clean through but his squared ball was to no one.

Full time: Woking 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

The first period of extra time was breathless stuff. With twelve minutes gone Ola Sogbanmu headed home Charlie Turnbull’s corner – the young midfielder having replaced Quarm after 72 minutes. But two minutes later Bennett’s powerfull strike had found the back of the Cards' net and produced an equaliser. Controversy followed as Taricco was booked for a second time and the League side were down to ten men.

As the inevitable tiredness set in, Woking were unable to capitalise on their advantage, although there was still time for Ricky Anane to show his pace down the right, his cross agonisingly not finding a teammate to convert the chance.

And so to penalties and the final desperate disappointment. Murray, Sparrow and Baz converted their chances and despite Battipiedi’s miss all Woking’s first three efforts failed to find the net.

But this Woking team can hold their heads high – this is a night that will be remembered for many years, a night that showed many of the Cards’ more recent converts what this Club and the FA Cup are all about. It’s been a long time coming but somehow it was almost worth the wait to see Kingfield rocking again!

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola (Craig Faulconbridge 89), Jerome Maledon, Elvis Hammond, Francis Quarm (Charlie Turnbull 72), Jerome Federico (Ola Sogbanmu 56)

Unused subs: Dave Gilroy, Daniel Sintim, Matt Pegler, Ollie Palmer

Brighton & HA: Brezovan, Greer, Elphick, Bennett, Barnes (Murray 58), Sparrow, Calderon, Hart (Baz 96), Dicker, Kishishev (Battipiedi 58), Taricco

Unused subs: El-Abd, Poke, Painter, Smith

MOTM: Elvis Hammond

Attendance: 4193

1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola ('89)
8Jerome Maledon
9Elvis Hammond
10Francis Quarm ('72)
11Jerome Federico ('56)
12Craig Faulconbridge ('89)
14Dave Gilroy
15Ola Sogbanmu ('56)
16Charlie Turnbull ('72)
17Daniel Sintim
18Matt Pegler
19Ollie Palmer
Brighton & Hove Albion LINEUP
1Peter Brezovan
3Gordon Greer
4Tommy Elphick
7Elliott Bennett
9Ashley Barnes ('59)
10Matt Sparrow
14Inigo Calderon
15Gary Hart ('96)
18Gary Dicker
25Radostin Kishishev ('59)
27Maurico Taricco
5Agustin Battipiedi ('59)
6Adam El-Abd
11Cristian Baz ('96)
17Glenn Murray ('59)
19Michael Poke
22Marcos Painter
24Jamie Smith

Jimmy Dack Interview after Woking 2-2p Brighton and Hove Albion

Elvis Hammond Interview

David Holmes
12:00am, Wed 17th Nov 2010
Interview with tonight's Man of the Match Elvis Hammond following Woking's defeat on penalties to Brighton in the FA Cup.
Apologies for the background noise in this interview.

Elvis Hammond:

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