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HUGHTON RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY

27 August 2016

Albion's manager was frustrated after succumbing to a first defeat this season.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his side missed a good opportunity at St James' Park this evening, as they went down 2-0 to Newcastle United today.

It was an afternoon to forget for Albion, as two set-piece goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey gave Newcastle the victory; while Sam Baldock was harshly dismissed for two bookable offences.

A rueful Hughton said, “I was disappointed that we missed a really good opportunity to get something here.

"We were up against a very good Newcastle side, who scored from two set-plays, in what arguably wasn’t one of our better performances, but we had the two best chances.

“In the second half, I can’t remember a good opportunity that they had, but at that stage they had done their work and I think we missed a really good opportunity to get something here.

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“I have had a look at Sam's sending off again and it’s very harsh. My first impression was that he went for the ball and he got there just before the keeper. Seeing it again, Sam’s momentum is normal and if anything, it’s their keeper that’s kicked out.

“I don’t know whether it’s the linesman or referee that’s made the decision, but I think it’s a very harsh one. At that stage, we needed to stay in the game and keep it at 1-0 as long as possible, and I felt that we could get stronger in the game. We did get stronger, even with ten, but at 2-0 it’s very difficult.”

Hughton also praised the performance of his two central defenders, with a solid debut from Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, alongside Lewis Dunk.
 
“I thought the two centre-halves were very good, particularly Shane, because it was his debut. He had his first training session with us yesterday and I thought he put in a very sturdy performance, as did Dunky.”

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