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HUGHTON HAILS AN EMPHATIC WIN

19 April 2016

Albion's manager was full of his praise for his players tonight.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he “couldn’t have asked for anything more” from his players after an emphatic 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the Amex tonight.

A brace from Anthony Knockaert and a goal each from Jiri Skalak and Connor Goldson ensured the Seagulls closed the gap on second-placed Burnley to goal difference, and Hughton compared the result to Friday’s win over Fulham.

He said, “I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the side tonight and it also showed how difficult these games are.

“We have had two similar games tonight and Friday where we did not start particularly well and you have to look for a way of getting a goal.

“Anthony Knockaert’s goal got us right back in the game and probably at a time where I can’t say that we deserved to be in front.

“We didn’t deserve to be behind either, but it was that type of game, a little bit frustrating and you need something like that to change the course of the game.

“We are certainly showing some really good quality in our moments in front of goal. Even going back to the last game where we had good chances, some even better than the goals that we scored, we have got goals in the team at an important time.”

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Just like the Fulham game, Albion began in a slow fashion against QPR, but Hughton feels there are number of game changers in his side.

“The slow starts are a concern. I think that any period of your play that you are not particularly happy with is always a concern, but I know that we can turn a game at the moment.

“There have been numerous games this season where our level of performance has been really good but we haven’t been able to score the goals that we are getting at the moment.

“It is trying to get that balancing act and it is very difficult to be the perfect team. We have been good for a long time and I just hope that we can continue to be good.

“There are still games to play and all that we can do is to put ourselves in the best possible position, which is what we have done.

“We have managed to close the goal difference a little bit with the nine goals in the last two games and the two clean sheets have helped.

“I think there will be a few twists and turns, but all of that is immaterial if we do not win our games."

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