BRIGHTON manager Chris Hughton wants his side to carry their FA Cup momentum into the match with Saints at the end of the month.

The Seagulls beat Millwall on Sunday in a penalty shootout to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1983.

Despite the historic win, Hughton is already focused on Saints’ visit to the Amex Stadium on Saturday, 30 March.

Brighton’s boss told BBC Sussex: "There's a lot of emotion after the game yesterday. I spoke to them about their character afterwards.

"We had some fortune with the equaliser, but we had a lot of decisions go against us yesterday, but we were brave.

"We also spoke about taking this momentum into the Premier League for our form and we have a very big game up next against Southampton FC.”

Brighton were 2-0 down against Millwall before staging a dramatic comeback against the Championship side.

Jurgen Locadia and Solly March scored late on to send the game into extra time, which eventually led to penalties.

The Seagulls won the shootout 5-4, only to be drawn against Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Hughton added: "Solly [March] changed the dynamics of the game. He was aggressive and got into good positions.

"I think he's benefitted from a spell out the side. He's had rest and recovery time and he looked fresh yesterday.

"We'd practiced penalties throughout the competition. All the players practiced two days before the game.

"It comes down to fortune on the day too, but if you have the chance to practice then you must.

"Once you get there it can go either way, fortunately for us, it went our way.

"We know we're up against one of the best sides in the world in the final four.

"We know what's at stake - but this is the FA Cup and if the favourite always won it wouldn't give anyone hope."