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Brezovan looking for cup boost

Goalkeeper Peter Brezovan is keen to grasp with both hands any opportunity that comes his way when Brighton entertain Hull in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

Despite being number two to Tomasz Kuszczak at the Amex Stadium, Brezovan has been drafted into the Seagulls' starting XI for both of their previous FA Cup victories this term over Reading and Port Vale.

Barclays Premier League opposition lay in wait on Monday in the shape of Hull, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

And Brezovan hopes to show what he is capable of should he again get the nod from head coach Oscar Garcia.

"It is probably the most famous domestic cup in the world but any cup competition is good for players who don't always play in the league," he told the club's official website.

"The players can show the manager what they can do and it's a great opportunity to impress.

"I've played a few games this season but obviously for any player it's disappointing when you're not in the team, but if you have an opportunity to play a game then it's always great."

Slovakian Brezovan, formerly at Swindon, joined Brighton in 2009 on an initial short-term deal before tying up an extended stay on the south coast.

Injury to former Manchester United keeper Kuszczak over December saw him step in between the sticks for four Sky Bet Championship matches, his first taste of first-team football for over 12 months, before returning to the bench and duly waiting for his FA Cup calls.

But he insists the battle for the number one spot at Brighton between himself, Kuszczak and Casper Ankergren is a friendly one.

"I was happy with my performances, I hadn't played for a year so I was glad to get some game time," he said.

"It is hard as everyone wants to play but Tomasz has played very well and for the team it is great how he has been playing.

"It is a competition but if you asked Casper he would probably say the same as me. Tomasz has big value and maybe he will play, he is great keeper but we have to fight for the spot."