Albion's manager on his side's performance, Steve Sidwell's winner and wide player options.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased with the way his side ground out a result, following a potentially crucial 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest tonight.
Forest looked like claiming a share of the spoils after Dexter Blackstock cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s opener, but Steve Sidwell’s dramatic stoppage-time winner ensured Albion claimed all three points.
He said, “It is a big win. We certainly weren’t at our best today and it looked like it was heading for a draw. I don’t think we could’ve had too many complaints if it was the final score.
“You have to try and find a way of winning; we said that about Burnley against us two games ago where we certainly deserved to win the game, but they’re a good side and they managed to get an equaliser.
“What we managed to do is find that way, whether we deserved it or not is immaterial.
“We played well against Burnley but didn’t get the result that we wanted to, then managed to get something at Birmingham where we deserved it. Here we were not so good, but we found a way through.”
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Hughton explained the thinking behind the substitution of Sidwell in the second half and admitted the outcome was not quite what he expected.
“I thought at that time the game was becoming a bit open and if we could tighten up a little bit in central midfield, then the forward four could win the game.
“It didn’t work out that way with Steve Sidwell scoring, but with James Wilson and Anthony Knockaert we felt they could influence the game.
“He’s [Knockaert] been excellent for us and I believe we have got four very good wide players. We’ve got really good competition there and you’ve got Jiri [Skalak] that has been involved in set plays that has got us goals.
“One thing about Siddy is he can break forward from midfield. Did I bring him on for that reason? No, but I’m grateful that I did.”