Forster relishing Villa cup challenge

And the evergreen 36-year-old saw enough on Wednesday night to suggest he can add to his 14-goal tally at Villa Park.

"All the lads watched the match and came away with mixed feelings," Forster said.

"They are very potent going forward - but on the other hand there might be some chances to score.

"It will obviously be a different game - I certainly hope there won't be 10 goals because that would mean we have probably done a few things wrong.

"We are one of the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition so it's a bit of a David v Goliath. But we will be going out there to ask them some questions."

Brighton will take 6,000 fans to the west Midlands in a clash which has captured the imagination and rekindled some of the magic of the cup on the south coast.

Villa, who still have genuine top-four ambitions, are expected to rest players but Forster wants to face their big guns.

"We all saw Leeds win at Manchester United and that opened up some of the romance again this year," he added.

"I think the League Cup has lost some of it's credibility with the youth sides that teams like Arsenal can field.

"But we are hoping they play most of their first team and don't make sweeping changes. They might have a big game against Arsenal in the week but our game, at Stockport, is just as big for us."

Forster hopes Saturday's glamour tie will signal the start of an upturn in fortunes for the Seagulls, who have an impressive new manager in Chelsea legend Gus Poyet and a new stadium finally on the horizon in 2011.

"I hate to use the phrase but Brighton is a sleeping giant," he said. "We have a huge catchment area but we've been stifled by our location for years.

"But we are starting to re-emerge, we have a new stadium coming up so we will become a bigger force. I can't see why we couldn't push on and do something like Reading did.

"The manager has already made a huge difference. He's made important changes to how we play and how we act.

"He has an 18-month contract but I am certain he will be here a lot longer than that. I firmly believe he will be the manager who leads us to our new stadium."

Source: Team Talk