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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND DYCHE

4 April 2016

The post-match thoughts after Albion's draw with Burnley.





CHRIS HUGHTON was left rueing a number of missed opportunities after Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Albion were denied a victory over the league leaders following Michael Keane’s stoppage-time header and Hughton felt his side should have had the game done and dusted by then.

He said, “I thought we had opportunities to extend the lead and got into some really good areas, but Burnley showed why they are top of the league.

“They can change their game, they’ve scored from two set-plays and have a physicality in their game which made them more direct.

“We had chances to put the game out of sight and we weren’t able to do that. That would be my biggest disappointment after the fact we conceded so late, that we didn’t kill the game off.”

The Albion manager addressed the claim that Burnley targeted goals from set-pieces on the day, but was keen to praise the collective performance of his defence.

“We would do exactly the same and target the way they concede goals. We scored two against them, a team that had the best away record from home and created numerous chances. You can say that any team we play against will do exactly the same.

“We went through a very good spell this season of not conceding from set-plays and then we went through a period of three or four games where we did. Remember, we’re a team that had conceded only one goal in our last six games.”

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SEAN DYCHE believes a draw was the least that Burnley deserved after a scintillating match at the Amex on Saturday.

Michael Keane’s stoppage time header earned the Clarets a share of the spoils and Dyche was pleased to see his side's work on set-pieces reap dividends.

He told burnleyfootballclub.com, “Overall I think it was a well-deserved point. I thought they played well in the first half and got their noses in front.

“But I felt we were strong in the second half and we always knew we had a chance.

“They have conceded 26% of their goals from set-pieces, so we worked on that area and with a scratch of luck, we could have nicked all three points."

The Burnley boss was frustrated that Keane had a header ruled out shortly before he scored, despite the ball appearing to cross the line, but praised the overall attitude from his team.

“I clearly couldn’t see the goal that wasn’t given from where I am, but what I could see is a group of players that gave an instant reaction [to the decision to disallow the goal].

“We all know you can’t always judge a player’s reaction to an incident, but when it is that instant and literally every player acts in that way within a millisecond, then usually that’s a sign.

“After that I was really pleased with the mentality of the players. We know how strong we are mentally, but that was a fantastic reaction to not being disappointed in the moment and to keep plugging away.”

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