The Albion boss was disappointed after Johnny Russell was adjudged to have been fouled, as he went to ground under a challenge from Gordon Greer, but the Seagulls boss was full of praise for his side after they set a new record run of unbeaten games at the start of a Championship season, which stretches to 20 games in 2015/16.
He said, "The penalty was very, very harsh. There's no doubt that Gordon Greer has to make the challenge, Russell still gets his cross in, and I am not sure there was much contact there. It was a very harsh decision at that stage of the game.
"Overall it was a good quality game between two very good teams, but having taken the lead twice I don't think anyone would have begrudged us [the win]. On the balance of play, it was probably a fair result. There weren't many clear cut chances, but at 2-1 I thought we were going to hold on.
"We deserve the record. For us to come here and put in the performance that we did, we had to show different sides to our game. At 2-1, we broke really well, and if we had a better pass delivered, then we could have extended the lead. It's a very hard place to come, particularly with Derby in the form that they are in, and they showed just how good they are."
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Hughton was delighted with the two goals from his loan signings James Wilson and Rajiv van La Parra. On-loan Manchester United striker Wilson opened the scoring, and Wolves winger van La Parra restored the lead after Bradley Johnson had levelled for the home team.
"They were both very good goals. When you analyse it, Derby drew level twice, both times from set plays. It was not as if they opened us up in open play. So that's disappointing, but there's no doubt coming here that a draw is a good result.
"When you bring loan players in you want them to make an impact but you're never sure on how much they're going to play. The two that we have brought in have been in and amongst it, and contributed.
"We will assess Solly March's injury tomorrow, but I think it's one where he won't be available soon, but we'll see. Unfortunately the injury list is growing, and they aren't short-term injuries, but on the plus side Sam Baldock is making very good progress, and Kazenga LuaLua hasn't had any after effects from the operation.
"It's a good start for the busy week ahead, we'll certainly have to show more of what we showed today; that will only help us get results. We deserve to be where we are and when you have a disappointed dressing room [after coming to Derby and drawing], we have a team which is motivated, and one that can get back up and focus on Tuesday."
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