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HUGHTON PRAISES HAT-TRICK HERO HEMED

15 April 2016

Albion's manager hailed the performance from his frontman.


Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton tonight praised the all-round contribution of his hat-trick hero Tomer Hemed, after the Seagulls striker hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Fulham at the Amex.

Hughton told seagulls.co.uk, "Tomer's contribution to the team has been good all season, and even in a period of time when he wasn't scoring goals, he was contributing. That is what Tomer can give you. In this division you need work rate and physicality and Tomer gives us that.

"It was also an opportunity to play both Tomer and James [Wilson] together, which hasn't happened too often. I was pleased in the end that I didn’t have to risk Sam Baldock.
 
"As the game opened up it also played to James's strengths. He is a young lad who has a talent and it is always going to be difficult once you are up against good defenders who want to stifle your play and so someone like James can really expand his game once it opens up a little bit.

"He has pace and is a good finisher and I think he will certainly be better for this experience."

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Hughton also singled out defender Lewis Dunk, heralding his partnership with Connor Goldson at the heart of Albion's defence.

"Dunky was excellent today and he has been recently. He went through a period that most defenders go through where almost every mistake that he made was being punished, and that can be just misfortune.

"You can be a defender in that same position over a period of time and get away with a lot of things but it was just unfortunate for him. Since then though he has been excellent. He got stronger and stronger with every game and has formed a very good partnership with Connor.

"It was a great performance this evening and certainly it was a game of two halves. We probably didn't deserve to be coming in at half-time 2-0 up after the first half but at the moment we can get goals in different ways.
 
"Certainly we were a lot better in the second half and it was fairly exciting for the supporters. We knew that we could only get better as we didn't start the game very well and then amongst all that you hope that the opportunities go in."
 
Finally, Hughton thanked another bumper crowd for their support, adding, "The crowd were brilliant and to be fair to our players, we gave them a lot to cheer about. I know a lot of fans had difficulties getting here and that is why some came in later. Had we known earlier as a club, we might have been able to put kick-off back a little bit."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V DERBY

MONDAY 2ND MAY, KICK-OFF 2.30PM




 


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