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HUGHTON PRAISES ALBION'S RESILIENCE

23 April 2016

Albion's manager on his team's performance, the fans and an update on Liam Rosenior.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the focus and determination shown by his players amidst difficult circumstances, following a 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic today.

The Albion boss felt his side showed good resilience after letting their lead slip in a game that was played out to a backdrop of demonstrations by the home fans.

He said, “It was an unusual game to play in; I’ve not been involved in a game like that with what was going on off the pitch, so the players’ concentration levels had to be very high.

“It changed the atmosphere in the ground but the thing that impressed me most was that when Charlton got back into the game, we found another gear to win it.

“We needed that today because we weren’t at our best. I thought some of Charlton’s play was fairly exciting with creativity in the wide areas. We had to pick up the game again and we did.”

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Hughton hailed the overall display from his side, which included Jiri Skalak firing in his second goal in as many games.

“He has been important for us, not just the two goals he's scored in the last two games, but his assists too.
 
“He's played a big part in the run were having, but the win is testament to everyone who's played today, because it had to be a team performance. You also need players to show their individual skills to help you get back into a game.
 
“The penalty saw some excellent play by Anthony Knockaert, but overall it had to be a good team performance.”
 
Once again, Albion fans travelled in their droves to The Valley and Hughton was full of admiration for the vocal Seagulls contingent.
 
“We had 7,000 that travelled to MK Dons a good few weeks ago, and we certainly needed them because that was a tight affair in the end.
 
“I know there’s a close association between our supporters and Charlton supporters. Our fans drove the team on which was important.”

Hughton hopes that Liam Rosenior’s injury is not that serious but was pleased to give his replacement, Gaetan Bong, some game time.
 
“I think he's [Liam] okay, it was only a spasm in his back, which is good news. I didn't know that at the time, but it gave us a good opportunity for Gaetan, who's been out for a while, to play and get some vital experience. I think Liam will be fine.”

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