Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt looks to forget cup exit

Liam Bridcutt

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Liam Bridcutt says the side must put their Capital One Cup exit behind them and move on quickly.

The Seagulls lost 3-0 at League One side Swindon Town on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old told BBC Sussex: "All credit to Swindon, they did very well to stop us from playing our usual game.

"We've got to take on board the mistakes that we made. It was disappointing but the boys are strong enough to bounce back."

He added: "We controlled the game well to start with.

"We found it tough to get forward at times but it's harder when you go a goal down.

"Hopefully we can cut the mistakes out and put it right.

"We've got to put it in the back of our minds now and look forward to the start of the [Championship] season."

Due to injuries to striker Craig Mackail-Smith and wingers Will Buckley and Kazenga LuaLua, Brighton manager Gus Poyet fielded play-maker Vicente in a withdrawn role up front.

The Uruguayan is still looking to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes but has been frustrated in his search.

"In a game when you only have two or three opportunities you need a special player who is going to have a shot, hit the target and score a goal," Poyet continued.

"We cannot get it and it's a problem [because] you have to pay for the quality.

"People think we are a team with plenty of money. We are not."

Poyet says one benefit of their exit from the competition will be having no more cup ties until the side enter the FA Cup at the third round stage in January.

"I was trying to watch the game and see things we need to learn for the future," he continued.

"When we are at our best and pay attention, we can compete.

"Now there are no more distractions. It's finished - over.

"The season really starts on Saturday."

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