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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND WILLIAMS

12 April 2016

The post-match reaction after Albion's crucial victory at Forest.


CHRIS HUGHTON is gearing up for an exciting climax to the season following Brighton & Hove Albion's last-gasp 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest last night.
 
The result kept the Seagulls within touching distance of the top two and the Albion manager feels there is everything to play for going into the final five matches of the season.
 
He said, “We’re still pushing and anything can happen from now until the end of the season.
 
“It’s already been proven that the moment you think somebody is not going to lose, they lose. All we can keep doing is push as hard as we can.
 
“I thought they [Forest] were good in areas, particularly in midfield where they outnumbered us and kept possession well, but as a team we didn’t keep the ball well enough.
 
“There were areas of the pitch where we broke well and got into some really promising areas, but we overran the ball and gave away possession.
 
“They’re a good side with good players and when they pack the midfield like they do, you’ve got to keep the ball better and we didn’t."
 
Hughton feels that the timing of Albion’s game – after all of their promotion rivals played at the weekend - meant nothing and did not alter his team’s preparations.
 
“You get so used to it, whether you’re playing before or after the opposition. If your preparation is the same for every game, then it doesn’t make much of a difference, it has to be on what the game is in front of you.”

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PAUL WILLIAMS felt a sense of injustice after Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last night and felt his players deserved more for their endeavours.
 
Steve Sidwell’s stoppage-time strike ensured Albion claimed all three points and Williams is now urging his players to bounce back ahead of the trip to Rotherham on Saturday.
 
He told nottinghamforest.co.uk, “Football is being very cruel to us at this minute in time. I think in the first half we showed a bit too much respect to Brighton, but second half the players got closer and did the hard miles in the game, and on top of that, created chances.
 
“In the second half you couldn’t fault them. We created far more chances than we have for a long time, but again it’s the same old story.
 
“It’s hard for the players to take – another blow when on another day we’d have been 3-1 up.
 
“But that’s where we are – we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get going for Rotherham on Saturday.”

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