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HUGHTON HAILS HEMED'S IMPACT

23 July 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been delighted with the impact of new signing Tomer Hemed.

Speaking after last night's 3-0 win over Crawley Town, in which Hemed scored Albion's second goal, Hughton says the Israeli international is adapting well to English football.

He said, "The type of goal he scored is him down to a tee. He desperately wants to do well and he is someone who will be in a good position when the ball comes into the box.

"With regards to getting himself into good areas, that's something he does very well, and it's down to the team to give him the right type of service.

"I think he has begun to realise that he needs to get to know the game here; it's competitive and the physicality is something which he needs to get used to."



Hughton also hailed the victory over Crawley as a step-up in his team's preparations for the new season.

"There was a really good tempo to the game, and we expected that, it is a very good surface here and we knew it would be a level above some of the games we've played.

"Southampton was a very good technical game against really good opposition, but we knew that this game would be very competitive here in the stadium and that's how it turned out to be."

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Albion had the game won by half-time as goals from midfield pair Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal, either side of Hemed's strike, put Albion in control.

"It's nice to see us finishing so clinically, we realised after last season that was an area in which we needed to improve.

"It's now about us trying to get more intensity in the final third and to get the ball in there more often and hopefully that can pay off; it was a really good tempo from the start.

"Dale Stephens may have misplaced his goal - although he might say something a bit different - but it's more important that he's getting into those areas; Beram too, as it's all about getting those opportunities.

"We had decent control in central midfield, but they're two players who have got energy and if we break from midfield at the right times, then hopefully that can benefit us."

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