CHRIS HUGHTON praised the performance of Tomer Hemed in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-1 draw with Reading on Saturday.
The Albion manager was delighted with the forward’s work rate and contribution against the Royals.
He said, “I thought he was very good. When you play in that sort of role up top on your own, then you’re going to tire towards the end.
“But I was pleased with this overall play and he was very bright in and around the box for the goal, which was good to see.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-working day for whoever was playing up there in the shape we were playing.
“It was going to be a tough one playing there for 90 minutes and I’m really pleased for him. It’s a shame he didn’t get a goal, because his endeavours deserved it.”
In the absence of Gaetan Bong, Hughton deployed Liam Rosenior in the left-back position - a move which he believes reaped dividends.
“Liam showed his experience in a position that he has played in before. I thought he was good for us. You would prefer to play someone with experience in that position.
“We have to look at the options we’ve got in that position and we’re very mindful of that. At this moment we’re okay, but we’re assessing our options.”
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STEVE CLARKE was pleased with his side’s resilience after going a goal down to claim a hard-earned point against Brighton.
He told readingfc.co.uk, “We spoke before and at half-time about the importance of the first goal. So having been a goal behind to a good Brighton team that are top of the league for a reason – they’re very strong defensively – we did well to get back in and make it 1-1.
“We started a little bit slowly, which might have been a bit of a hangover from last week, but once we got to grips with the game I thought we more or less bossed the first half without creating anything that was really clear cut. There were a lot of free-kicks around the edge of the box that on another day we could have done better with.
“In the second half they got the goal, then sat in and tried to defend their lead. But I thought our response was good because we kept pushing and chasing and looking for ways to open them up. Eventually we got the goal we deserved.”
The Reading boss was pleased for Matej Vydra, after he opened his account against the Seagulls and feels the striker is gradually settling into the side.
“It’s been a little bit difficult for Matej because he came in and picked up a nasty injury.
“He has worked ever so hard to get over that, and he’s now finding his way back into the team and finding out about his team-mates.
“He does a great job for the team wherever we ask him to play. And it was great reaction to the goalkeeper not holding onto the shot – Matej was there first and did what we know he can do, and what he will do in the future.”
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