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HUGHTON WANTS FOLLOW UP ON GOOD WEEK

14 February 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton hailed another excellent defensive display on the road tonight – but has called on his team to follow up on two valuable away points by collecting more points at the Amex.

Albion kept their first clean sheet at Hillsborough since 1977, and Hughton told seagulls.co.uk, "We have had two tough away games this week and it was always going to be a close encounter, but as the away team you have to be pleased with that.

"It was a hard-earned and well-deserved point. The surface was very difficult and the way we like to play becomes harder, and you end up being more direct.

"They were direct, which meant we had to defend well. It's been two really tough away games and two clean sheets – but it is also about the balance between defending well and maybe making a bit more of the breaks.

"The two points [this week] are vitally important. You might have the odd exceptions, but really it is about home form. We need to start getting points at home. That has been difficult for us. For most teams it is the cornerstone of the season.

"You try and get points away, but we need to start accumulating points at home. After a very good performance against Ipswich we must reach that level again."



Hughton felt Albion's best chance to convert a draw into a win was when Sam Baldock went clear on goal late in the second. He went down in the box, under a challenge by Wednesday's Tom Lees.

"We had some half chances ourselves and a penalty appeal. I haven’t seen it again, but I spoke to Sam – who's an honest lad – and he is adamant it was a nailed-on penalty.

"I spoke to him a while after the game had finished, once his emotions had calmed down, and he still maintained it was an absolute stonewall penalty."
Meanwhile, the Albion boss was delighted with the individual performances of both his goalkeeper David Stockdale and centre-forward Leon Best.

Stockdale has only conceded once in the last six away games, but admitted last week that he felt he could have done better in Albion's last home defeat against Nottingham Forest.



Hughton added, "I am pleased for David Stockdale. We needed him and he has come up with a couple of real good saves.

"He is a very good goalkeeper. He plays in a position where he will come in for criticism from time-to-time but that is every goalkeeper; they cannot get it right every time.

"When a keeper makes a mistake it means you concede a goal. You have to be big and brave to play in that position and certainly David is made from that type of stuff and I am really delighted for him.

"I also thought Leon Best got better as the game went on. I thought it was a little bit difficult for him in the first half but in the second we got bodies a little bit closer to him. It was a good 70 minutes for him and he will be better for it."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BIRMINGHAM

SATURDAY 21ST FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V LEEDS

TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V DERBY

TUESDAY 3RD MARCH, KICK-OFF 7.45PM




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