Tie decided for the next stage…Following Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out win against MK Dons at Madejski Stadium, we have been draw away against Brighton & Hove Albion in the third round of the EFL Cup.
The tie will take place at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday 20th September, kicking off at 7.45pm.
The draw was made live on Sky Sports, following the conclusion of the live broadcast of the second-round tie between Accrington Stanley and Burnley. Like the draw for the second round, we had to wait a little longer to find out our fate as it went to extra time at the Crown Ground – where the League 2 side upset their Premier League neighbours!
We played the Seagulls as recently as last weekend, when we played out a see-saw 2-2 draw in the Championship – captain Paul McShane hit an equaliser in the second half for the Royals.
All seven of the Premier League teams which are taking in continental competition enter the tournament this stage – and now the round three ties will whittle the field down to just 16 teams.
Our route to this stage has been solely at Madejski Stadium; League 2 outfit Plymouth Argyle were defeated 2-0 on the opening week of the season, before Karl Robinson’s Dons were dumped out on spot-kicks after claiming a 2-2 draw after extra time this week.
Colchester and Oxford were the first two opponents for the Seagulls – Chris Hughton’s men won their ties 4-2 and 4-0 respectively.
We met Brighton in cup competition as recently as 2013/14 – the Seagulls were 1-0 winners in an FA Cup tie in Sussex, thanks to an Andrew Crofts strike. So hopefully we’ll be able to make amends when we visit next month! It is just the second time we have been drawn against them in the League Cup - the other occasion, in 1974/75, required three replays before we finally won 3-2 at the Goldstone Ground.
Ticketing details for our trip to the Amex Stadium will be arranged and announced in due course.