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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH POINT

6 August 2016

Albion's manager reflects on the opening day draw with Derby.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes today’s goalless draw with Derby County can give the team momentum in the opening weeks of the season.

Albion shared the spoils with the Rams, despite having the better of the goalscoring chances, and Hughton feels his players will take confidence from the performance.

He said, “You always want to start with a good result and I thought that we got a good point today, even though we had opportunities to score.

“We probably edged it with the number of chances we had, but we needed Stocko [David Stockdale] to make a couple of really good saves.

“I thought it was a fair result; there wasn’t much in it in terms of the balance of play and we had a really good period in the second half.

“We know how tough this season is going to be, particularly with the teams that have come down, so to start well is something to build on.

“We started well last season and I don’t think anyone expected to start the way we did.”

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The Albion manager was delighted with the performance of Steve Sidwell, who replaced the suspended Dale Stephens at the heart of midfield.

“The performance from Siddy was no surprise; we knew what he could do after he joined us on loan last season.

“He slotted in well in last season’s play-off games and showed great energy. He’s another experienced one, knows this level and is a fit lad.

“He’s someone that can read the game well, wants to play it forward and is clever at knowing when you can or can’t play the ball.”

Hughton started the game with skipper Bruno at the heart of defence and the Seagulls boss praised the captain and Lewis Dunk for their solid displays throughout the 90 minutes.

“I thought he was excellent. That’s what you get with Bruno and he’s a very experienced campaigner.

“We all know his best position is at right-back, but he’s able to play in the centre too because of his experience. I thought he and Lewis Dunk were brilliant.”

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