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HUGHTON HAILS VITAL SAVES

26 December 2015


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton hailed three vital saves from David Stockdale as the Seagulls drew 0-0 with Brentford at Griffin Park.
 
The shot-stopper made three separate saves to deny James Tarkowski, Alan Judge and John Swift late on, and Hughton was pleased to leave Griffin Park without conceding.
 
He said, “The one from Tarkowski’s header was about him being in a good position to start with. We certainly needed him to make the saves. I thought that was one of the better ones.
 
“The two best chances of the game were that one and when Jamie [Murphy] had a chance to score with a shot from left-hand side.
 
“It [keeping a clean sheet] wasn’t the most important thing, which was trying to get a win here.
 
“We wanted to get back to winning ways, but they are a good team and they cause you a lot of problems with their movement and they’ve got a lot of good strikers too.
 
“It was important that we got back to a clean sheet and to not lose. I know we’re only on the back of one defeat, but we’ve got to get back to winning ways.”

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The Seagulls boss was forced into a change at half-time when Andrew Crofts replaced James Wilson, who was feeling unwell.
 
“He wasn’t feeling very well and with James, it was all about him getting up to speed. He is a young talented player that is going through a period of games which he hasn’t experienced in a long time.
 
“At half time he said he wasn’t feeling very well and that’s why he came off.
 
“It did give us an opportunity to play a bit differently and I thought our ball retention was better and we were a bit more of a threat in the second half.
 
“Andrew came in and it was about getting that extra player in midfield. Crofty is an experienced player that generally doesn’t tend to be fazed and we probably needed him today.”
 
Meanwhile, Albion were dealt a further injury blow when Gordon Greer had to be withdrawn 15 minutes from the end.
 
“He just felt his hamstring. We’re hoping it’s not too bad and that it’s just an accumulation of having to play a lot of games, so maybe a bit of fatigue.
 
“But we’ll assess that tomorrow and in the next couple of days.”

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