Sami Hyppia reacts to drawing Tottenham in League Cup

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Brighton and Hove Albion boss is relishing the challenge of taking on Tottenham Hotspur.

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Sami Hyppia is relishing the fourth round League Cup fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

The Seagulls secured their passage into the next stage of the competition after putting Burton Albion to the sword with a 3-0 score at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday, Thursday, with goals from Rohan Ince, Kazenga Lua Lua and Craig Mackail-Smith.

Tottenham's come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on the same evening set-up a clash with Brighton in North London on Tuesday, October 28 and it is an encounter Hyppia is looking forward to even though he has both "good and bad memories" of the ground having competed there himself as a player whilst representing Liverpool.

"It's another challenge, but we'll go there to play our game and try to win that one as well," Hyppia told Sky Sports. "I've good and bad memories of playing there for Liverpool, but most of the time bad I think. Hopefully we'll change that and make the statistics look a little bit different."

Brighton's 3-0 rout over Burton was marred as captain Inigo Calderon was sent off by referee Darren Bond after a challenge on Robbie Weir that was adjudged to be dangerous.

"It was a professional performance with the right attitude, but I thought the referee could have shown some common-sense with the red card," Hyppia said, reflecting. "I think in this kind of game at 3-0, I wouldn't like my player to do that - but I don't think he saw him coming.

"He saw him late as he raised his foot to the ball. I have seen a replay of the incident and Inigo actually touched the ball as well."

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