We are 30 points ahead of Plymouth in the league, and many felt he should have put out his strongest team and got the job over and done with ... grab a victory and get back on the plane home.
But we huffed and puffed against a side nowhere near our class, and failed to blow their house down.
So now we have an extra game on Wednesday week, something Hughton admitted he didn't want.
Will there be another crowd of 42,000 watching the reserves and kids against a fired up Plymouth side, that could result in extra-time?
Only Hughton knows that one.
But if we knock out the boys from the south coast, we face a tough test at the Hawthorns.
FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
Southampton v Ipswich
Reading or Liverpool v Burnley
Millwall or Derby v Brentford or Doncaster
Bristol City or Cardiff v Leicester
Stoke v Arsenal
Notts County or Forest Green v Wigan
Scunthorpe v Manchester City
West Brom v Plymouth or Newcastle
Everton v Nottingham Forest or Birmingham
Accrington or Gillingham v Fulham
Bolton v Sheffield United or QPR
Portsmouth or Coventry v Sunderland
Preston v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Brighton
Wolves v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Leeds
Ties to be played over the weekend of January 23-24.