Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton paid tribute to his squad tonight after their 2-1 win over MK Dons set a new club record of 17 matches without defeat, beating the previous record set in 1930/31.
Hughton felt his side were always in control as they broke the 85-year record, despite a penalty scare in the second half, and fully deserved the win which saw them move back up to second in the Championship.
He said, "It's a wonderful achievement and the record is something of which we are all very proud, because we all know how difficult it is in the Championship. I am also proud of the manner in which we have done it.
"Generally we have not been a team that have swept other teams away and won comfortably. We have been a team that has had to work very hard for every result and that shows a real character in the squad. It is a great achievement and the manner in which we have done it should make them even more proud as a team.
"Most importantly we got the win today which keeps us very much in contention at the top – which is where we want to be. In this league we had another tough game today which we deserved to win, but which you always know can go either way. At this moment it is a nice feeling to be inside the top two. We have deserved it.
"We said before today's game that we have had two very good draws away from home against teams that are playing very well, but that would only count as a good week if we got the win today.
"It has been a good week. Two tough away games and we have not lost in either; we have got the home win today and that is a real good week going into this international break."
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Hughton did concede that MK Dons could easily have been awarded a penalty in the second half, with the score at 2-1, and did have some sympathy for his opposite number Karl Robinson - but he felt a soft goal before half-time gave the visitors an unnecessary foothold in the game.
"Any manager playing away from home, you would appeal hard for something like that. Seeing it from where I was, I thought it could have gone either way. The referee and linesman were much closer than me, and did not give it, but I would not have been surprised if it had been given.
"Their goal was a half chance and fair play to the lad, it was a very good strike; but it was their only chance in that first half so it was tough on us at half-time not to be winning by more and as a result, the second half was a little bit tougher."
Meanwhile, Hughton says it is too early to offer any assessment on the injury that forced striker Sam Baldock off the pitch. He limped off with a thigh problem - but the Albion boss gave positive news on both Gordon Greer and Kazenga LuaLua.
"It’s a bit early to know how bad it is for Sam. It’s his thigh and we will assess that over the next few days. The good thing is that Gordon Greer will be fit for the Burnley game and we will be looking for Kazenga to resume training on Monday week. Hopefully he can have a good week before the Burnley game."
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