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HUGHTON HAILS ALBION DESIRE

17 October 2015





Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton tonight hailed his team's belief and determination as they won with a late goal at Leeds United.

Hughton also praised the contribution of Bobby Zamora, as the striker came off the bench to score an 89th-minute winner in the 2-1 win - his first goal since returning to the club this summer.



Hughton said, "We knew Leeds would be up for it and the pleasing aspect was that at a time where most probably thought it would peter out into a draw, but we showed enough determination and will to go and win the game.

"It is testament to the group of lads for wanting to go on and win the game, and in those situations and positions Bobby has that type of quality.

"We know Bobby is not the same player that he was and that he is a different type of player to what he was ten years ago, but we know what he can give us.

"He is a different type of player to Tomer. Tomer worked really hard but by that stage we had gone into a 4-3-3 and we just needed Bobby's presence to keep that ball for us, and the goal was an added bonus.

"Nobody can come to Elland Road and get a comfortable game. Not with what they have here and the crowd they have. It was really pleasing that we weren't at our best, but we dug in and got the result."

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Albion's manager went on the explain the reasons for bringing on Andrew Crofts in place of Liam Rosenior midway through the second half - as the midfielder made his return after more than a year out injured.

"It was a tough decision to make but we had lost the balance of possession a little bit and they were breaking through midfield.  I was trying to get the balance between tightening things up, but also giving us an outlet.

"Sam Baldock has played the role on the left before so we knew he could give us what is required on the left and give us an ability going forward.

"Solly we know what he can do on the right-hand side, so the real decision was whether we brought on Rohan Ince or Crofts, and we just felt we wanted to play Dale [Stephens] a bit deeper as we know he has that quality on the ball, and let Crofty play just in front of him."

Crofts came off the bench after recovering from a second successive ACL injury, and Hughton was thrilled to see the midfielder back.

He added, "I am really pleased for him. I don't think anyone can feel what he feels at the moment. I am really delighted for him to be back and he has done really well to get back.

"He has made sure he has done things right on the second injury, he has taken longer than he did on the first one and made sure he was absolutely right, and he has had no problems."

Hughton also confirmed the initial diagnoses on skipper Gordon Greer is not serious, and he expects him to return this week.


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