Exclusive: Mackail-Smith sets sights on Liverpool

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Brighton & Hove Albion striker Craig Mackail-Smith is targeting another Carling Cup upset against Liverpool tonight.

The Seagulls shocked Sunderland in the second round, with the summer acquisition heading home an extra-time winner at the Amex Stadium to set-up tonight's clash against Kenny Dalglish's Reds.

It's a tie that has certainly captured the imagination of players and fans alike, and whilst Mackail-Smith insists the league is the most important thing for manager Gus Poyet, he told GiveMeFootball that they will be out to cause another shock in the competition.

"We're taking tonight's clash very seriously. The league is our bread and butter, and we want to be playing teams like Liverpool week in, week out in the Premier League, but the game is a great chance to test ourselves against a top side," he said.

"There are two big Championship games around the corner, but we're all excited to play against a quality side, and we're confident we can challenge them in a big game situation.

"If selected, I'm just planning to go out and enjoy the occasion, and hopefully get my name on the scoresheet as part of a fantastic win for the club."

With three goals in eight games so far this term, the former Peterborough United striker has made a solid start to life on the south coast following a big-money move to last season's Npower League One champions.


However, the Scottish international is in no doubt that he can continue to improve and adapt to the style of play on show at Brighton, with the aim of quickly adding to his own personal goal-tally.

"I think I've been playing quite well, but obviously would have liked a couple more goals to my name at this stage of the season," he continued.

"But, like all things, it takes time to adjust fully. As a team the boys have been playing fantastically well, and I can definitely improve further and add to my account.

"Tonight's about enjoying the occasion in-front of the TV cameras though, something I enjoy, and if you play well against a team like Liverpool you never know what can happen in cup football."

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