Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his team's character tonight, after they fought back from 2-0 down to stretch their unbeaten run to 20 games with a 3-2 win over Charlton Athletic at the Amex.
Hughton revealed he wasn't happy after the first 45 minutes, and at the interval he challenged his players to show how much they did not want to lose the match.
He said, "It was an incredible game but a strange first half by our standards. We could not have started any poorer that what we did. There were a few things to address at half-time.
"We needed to be patient on the ball, and not to be too gung-ho; trying to get two goals back in the first five minutes. We told the players Charlton were good enough to hit us on the counter and we could not afford to get caught again.
"We had two upfront and two wingers, so we had to be careful about throwing too many players forward. We said we needed to work our way back with possession, getting into good areas, but most importantly we needed to show real character in that second half and make amends.
"I asked the players to show how desperate we were not to lose that football match; but they have shown tremendous character all season, and today they showed even more desire and character to go on and win the game."
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Hughton felt Charlton could have no complaints about the red card shown to Patrick Bauer, after he hauled down Bobby Zamora, with the Albion striker clean through on goal with the score at 2-1.
"Sometimes the momentum goes for you and the sending off had some effect as well, but over the 90 minutes we had to show character and we edged it and deserved it.
"Once you have got one goal the momentum does change. The crowd got louder and we knew that we would have a chance if we got the one goal back, and that is how it played out.
"You can never guarantee that you will get a second, and a third, but the momentum was there and it was certainly an entertaining second half of football."
Meanwhile Hughton was delighted for both James Wilson, who got Albion's first, and Tomer Hemed, who headed the winner, a minute after Zamora had equalised.
"There is more to come from James. He is somebody who has been training but has not played so many games, and the type of tempo that these Championship games are played at it is probably a step up for him.
"It was a really good introduction for him and I was delighted with his goal. That is why we leave someone like him on the football pitch when we are looking for ways to get back into the game.
"It is always a tough decision when you leave players out as Tomer has been excellent for us. He has found it difficult to convert his performances into getting goals.
"I told him in midweek once I had made a decision to leave him out, but said that it was very much a question of resting him as opposed to dropping him, because he has been excellent for us. I said that it might be a case of getting one off the bench and that might be the goal he needs to get going again.
"Nobody felt that more than him. He has gone through a barren spell, but that is not down to his work ethic or him not making good runs. It is just those small margins between scoring and not scoring goals. Everybody was pleased for him."
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