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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND JOKANOVIC

18 April 2016

The post-match thoughts after Albion's emphatic win over Fulham.


Chris Hughton was pleased with the improvement shown by his side after a shaky start in the 5-0 win over Fulham.
 
The Albion manager felt his side initially struggled to get a foothold in the game, and that the first goal was a key turning point.
 
He said, “It was an excellent all-round performance, although it didn’t look that way after the first 20 or 25 minutes, where it took a while for us to get to grips with the way that they were playing.”
 
“We gave it away too easily in that first period, but goals change games and from the moment we scored, particularly the second goal, I thought we looked very good.”

The win saw the Seagulls temporarily climb up into the top two, before victories for Middlesbrough and Burnley saw Albion slip back into third place. Hughton doesn’t believe there is much of an advantage playing on a Friday night before Saturday’s Championship fixtures.
 
“I don’t think there is a big advantage. It’s always nice to get this one out of the way and then knowing you can see how tomorrow goes and it gives us a little bit more recovery time before Tuesday.
 
“We are so used to playing games on different days and you just get used to focusing on what your game is and any team’s preparations will be no different if they played the night before.”

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SLAVISA JOKANOVIC was left frustrated following Fulham’s 5-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday and felt his side made it too easy for Chris Hughton’s men.

Tomer Hemed’s hat-trick and a goal each from Bruno and Anthony Knockaert sealed a comfortable win, despite a bright start by the visitors.

He told fulhamfc.com, “I’m disappointed. We generally offered Brighton so many easy chances to score goals and that’s frustrating.

“After half an hour they got a silly penalty and made it very difficult for us to compete. After that it was set-piece after set-piece.

“At the beginning we stuck to our plan. We moved the ball and we maintained possession. After we’d made a few mistakes we started to play long balls.

“We didn’t show the character to try and continue with our game plan and play football. They scored five goals and we’re lucky they didn’t score more.”

The Cottagers boss feels his team must learn how to deal with free-kicks better and believes his team are still not safe from relegation just yet.

“We’re unable to defend set-pieces. We’ve conceded more than 30 goals from these kind of situations.

“We cannot compete for important things in the future if we’re unable to defend free-kicks.
 
“If we want to be competitive next season we have to improve but we also have to be thinking about this season still. We’re not safe and that’s clear. After three good games we’ve not shown the same face tonight.”

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