Adams grounded after cup upset

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Brighton boss Micky Adams refused to brag about his side's stunning Carling Cup success over Manchester City, although he admitted it was in stark contrast to their previous result.

The League One Seagulls made it through to a third-round clash with Derby with a penalty shoot-out win over City, just four days after the same side lost 1-0 to a Walsall team who played for an hour with nine men.

"My lads were well up for it and we needed to do something big after Saturday," said Adams. "But I'm not going to crow about this because as a player and a manager I've been on the wrong end of these type of results and I know how it hurts.

"But all I can say is that my boys were spot-on for their endeavour and their pride and deserve great credit. There was no pressure on us but we certainly didn't want to embarrass ourselves again.

"I'm sure we surprised City. They had some terrific players out there but I think our shape and determination surprised them.

"I had a feeling before the start we would do something but what a response after the reception we got for our performance on Saturday when we tried all we could to score against nine men but couldn't. The players were hurting from that still and determined to give the fans something back."

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