Danielle Buet has warned Albion Women things might get physical on their big FA Cup day.

But they should be able to cope after a rude awakening up north.

The Seagulls host mighty Manchester City in an eagerly-awaited fourth-round tie at Culver Road tomorrow (2pm).

Midfield dynamo Buet knows lots about City having gone up against them with previous clubs Chelsea and Notts County.

She knows their qualities – and that they will put a foot in as well.

To which end the disappointing 4-1 defeat at Doncaster Belles last Sunday might have proved timely.

Albion were given something of a wake-up call by the WSL2 leaders at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Now they face the WSL1 leaders and Champions League quarter-finalists.

Buet told The Argus: “I’ve played against Man City a few times, “I’ve had some good ones and some I’d probably want to forget about!

“They are a strong team. Man City have got a lot of English players so you know they are going to put their foot in.

“It’s the FA Cup and it means a lot to them to retain that trophy.

“Some people might think they will play a weakened team.

“I know they won’t do that. They are very professional.

“Whenever I’ve played against Man City they will put their foot in, just as they should do and like any good English team will.

“Hopefully we come along with an upset but we will have to be on our game and be clinical with the ball.

“Donny was a tough test last weekend but City will be even harder.

“They have got great players on the ball and they are comfortable on the ball.

“At the same time they won’t be afraid to put a challenge in.”

Albion had made a great start to their first season in the second tier.

Bur Doncaster, an established elite club, showed them a thing or two about what might await in WSL1 next season.

Buet said: “We have got a very young team so last weekend has hit us quite hard.

“We have analysed the game, we have gone in and spoken to each other and I think it was very eye-opening to us.

“It was a bit of a reality check, that we are not quite there yet.

“But it shows where we want to be and I think that makes us more ambitious.

“We have had some really good performances and we have had some performances we will learn a lot from.

“Every game we play together as a team, we will progress.”

In theory Albion have a handy informant in their midst.

Experienced goalkeeper Marie Hourihan joined on loan from City last week.

Although she cannot play, she can certainly talk to her new team-mates.

Buet said: “She has only been in a week-and-a-half and she can’t play.

“I have known Marie for years, playing alongside her at Chelsea.

“She will tell us some strengths but, to be honest, we know their team inside-out anyway.”

The bigger picture for Albion is the chance to soak in as many lessons as they can ahead of their debut top-tier season next term.

They lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea in the Continental Cup earlier this season but got through a lot of good defending.

Both City and Chelsea are through to the last eight of the Champions League and have been drawn to avoid each other in the semis should they progress.

Buet will be rooting for both of them.

She said: “It shows the calibre in this country.

“The game is getting so much better and we can compete with the French and the German teams now.

“I would love one day to be there myself. It is great for them progressing so well.

“I know once you win the FA Cup you also get into the Champions League.

“City look like they might win the league this season but it’s still a good fall-back and they want Champions League football.”

City could be without two of their England stars after defender Steph Haughton and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley went off injured at Chelsea.

Tickets have now gone off advanced sale but will be available on the day priced £10 for adults and £6 for juniors. Spectators are advised to arrive early.