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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND KARANKA

4 May 2015




CHRIS HUGHTON paid tribute to Brighton & Hove Albion’s travelling support following the goalless draw with Middlesbrough and was satisfied with his team’s performance.
 
He said, “I was more delighted with the big support that travelled to the game because I know that some would have left at three in the morning.
 
“It was a game where we wanted to put in a performance to win, but there were aspects of our play where I thought we were good.
 
“We had some really good possession at times against a very good side that can cause problems. We limited the chances they had but didn’t have so many ourselves.

“But at least we’ve finished the season with a point away from home, which at any other stage in the season you would look at as a good result.”

The Albion boss also praised Nottingham Forest loanee Greg Halford for another solid individual display.

“I thought he was good today but that’s in the position Greg’s played more often than not. I remember seeing him play quite early on in his career at right-back, and his versatility has seen him play in a number of positions, but he is somebody who is very used to playing at right-back.”

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Middlesbrough manager AITOR KARANKA is relishing the challenge of facing Brentford in the play-offs following a 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday.
 
He said, “We need to improve because our last performances weren't good, especially on Saturday when we had 33,000 supporting us.
 
“But we have another game where we can say thanks for this season and we have to prepare well.
 
“I always want more. It's difficult to play at your best when you have achieved your aim for the season and I can't forget how amazing we've been.
 
“We are a good squad with very good players. We’ve finished fourth; we've shown everyone what we can do and we'll be ready.
 
“We've beaten Brentford twice this season. This will be my first play-offs and it's new for me. We have one week to prepare and we will be ready.”


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