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HUGHTON FRUSTRATED WITH DEFEAT

30 December 2015


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton said "it was one of those days", after being left frustrated by his side's 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town at the Amex tonight - and was disappointed to see what looked like a legitimate goal by Jamie Murphy, ruled out for offside.

He said, "We were up against a very good side in Ipswich and we didn't start too well.  In the second half we probably could not have done any more than we did to try and get back in the game and get a result.
 
"It was just one of those days where we wanted things to go for us and we obviously made a mistake for their goal, but I’m angry because a goal that we scored in the first half was disallowed for offside.

"It was on the linesman's side and he was onside. Sometimes linesmen have to make decisions when the player is the furthest away, but when the player is on your side then generally they are the easiest ones to pick up, so we are really disappointed with that."

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The Albion boss praised the support the team received from the biggest attendance of the season so far, with 27,639 fans in the stadium.

"The crowd was outstanding and I thought that the response that we got from them after the Middlesbrough defeat was excellent.  On a Tuesday night just after Christmas with another game coming up on Friday, the turnout was excellent and overall I think that we have been delighted with the year and the position that we are in.

"At the moment it is hurting a bit, as this is unusual for us. We have gone through a very good season without losing games and then of course to lose two home games on the spin is tough. We will bounce back though and we look forward to a tough game here on Friday."

Hughton says the aim now is to return to winning ways on New Year's Day against Wolves, and then work as hard as possible during the January transfer window.  

"We need to get back to winning ways and the good thing about football is that there is always another game coming around quickly, particularly in this division, so we will need to dust ourselves down and come again strongly on Friday.

"During the January window we will work as hard as we can. My experiences of January are that it is very tough to bring in the players that you would like to bring in and in the positions that you would like.

"We do have players coming back and we are hoping that certainly Sam Baldock and Kazenga will be back fairly soon, and that will give us a lift. We know we need to make sure that we try as hard as we can to bring in what we need though."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

FRIDAY 1ST JANUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM



ALBION V BRENTFORD

FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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