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HUGHTON: WE DESERVED TO WIN

2 April 2016

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton reflects on the 2-2 draw with Burnley, the latest injuries and his views on Joey Barton's duel with Beram Kayal.


Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton felt his side deserved to win in today's lunchtime Championship meeting with league leaders Burnley.

The Seagulls twice led, thanks to first-half goals from Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert, with each cancelled out, first by Andre Gray, and then by Michael Keane's stoppage-time header.
 
Hughton said, "I was delighted with our performance and that is probably why there is such a disappointment right now because this group of lads deserved a win today, against a team that were top of the table.

"In open play, we were the side that was most likely to score. At 2-1 we had opportunities to kill the game off and didn’t take them.

"I'm incredibly disappointed. It was a game that we deserved to win, of that I have no doubts, but Burnley showed the reason why they are where they are. They can win games and draw games in different types of ways.
 
"Perhaps their physicality and their directness managed to get them back in the game, but we should have been out of sight by then. We are the side that had the better chances and the better opportunities, but you have to make the most of them otherwise what happened at the end of the game can happen."

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Hughton did admit that Burnley could feel aggrieved as they were denied what looked a goal, when Keane got his head to a corner late on, and the ball appeared to cross the line - but he also felt Connor Goldson was fouled when Keane did eventually equalise a few minutes later.

He  added, "At the time I did not know and I still have not seen it, but I have been told that it was over the line. If that is the case then obviously that is one that we have got away with. However I also thought that on their equalising goal there was a foul on Connor Goldson.

"At that stage they were putting a little bit of pressure on us. They were getting very direct and with the physicality and the height that they have, it made it very difficult for us and it paid off for them in the end."
 
Asked for his view on Joey Barton's midfield duel with Beram Kayal, he added, "I would have to say that my first impression is that there is no doubt that he landed on Beram and caught him. My first impression was there was no malice, and the same with the elbow, where I think he jumped with his arms up.

"Unless I see something different, my first impression is that it is a tough physical game and we have to give as good as we get as regards the competitive side of the game."
 
Hughton also confirmed he expects Bruno to be fit for Tuesday's visit to Birmingham City, after he came off late in the game with cramp; and that Sam Baldock came off with a tight hamstring, and is unsure if he will be available for the visit to St Andrew's.

"Sam has been quite clever and quite bright on a couple of occasions where he has just felt it and has come off at the right time, so hopefully that won’t be too bad but the unfortunate thing for us is that we play again in three days' time, so that might be too quick."

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