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LuaLua vows to stay grounded
Albion star Kazenga LuaLua has vowed not to celebrate if he scores against old club Newcastle in the FA Cup.
The flying left winger has been banned from turning somersaults by the Seagulls for fear of injury and will keep his new celebration under wraps out of respect to the Toon in today's third round showdown at The Amex (12.30).
LuaLua bagged Albion's last FA Cup goal, in the thrashing by Liverpool at Anfield in the fifth round last year.
He learnt his back-flipping celebration from older brother Lomana, a former Newcastle favourite.
LuaLua said: “I remember when we beat Charlton 4-0 away I did it and Gus (Poyet) was asked by the press if he minded me doing it but he said ‘As long as he’s scoring that's fine’. But when he bought me I wasn’t allowed to do it.
“I don’t think I’ll celebrate if I score because Newcastle are the team that gave me my professional contract so out of respect for the fans and the club as well I don’t think it’s the right thing if I celebrate. I have a nice celebration worked out but I won’t tell you what it is!”
Tennis-lover LuaLua wants to be a smash hit against Newcastle after missing Albion’s victory over them in the fourth round last year due to injury – and to make amends for the humiliating exit on Merseyside.
He said: “We went there to enjoy it but it turned out to be a bad day for us and we got beat 6-1. You learn from it and move on to the next game. It's the same as Newcastle but we're playing at home so hopefully we'll win.
"It's a bit different this season because they've got injuries, they're struggling and not winning so many games, and we've just started winning games."
Will Buckley, fresh from signing a new contract to June 2017, has given Albion a surprise boost by recovering from hamstring trouble and expects to be among the subs.
Boss Gus Poyet said: “Bucker is fit and in the squad”.
David will continue at right-back with fellow Spaniards Bruno and Inigo Calderon still injured, while Vicente has been training with the development group and will not be in contention for a place on the bench until Derby’s visit next Saturday.
Poyet has crowded midfield options, so Jake Forster-Caskey has not made the squad after returning from his loan spell with Oxford United.