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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND PEARSON

8 August 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON was pleased with Glenn Murray’s performance in the 0-0 draw at Derby County on Saturday.

Albion’s manager reflected on a positive second debut for the Bournemouth loanee and feels it will not be long before he gets off the mark for the season.

He said, “I think Glenn will be a wonderful signing for us, but he’s somebody who didn’t have too many starts last season. He’s got a good level and is a good worker for the team.

“I am delighted with how he has worked for the team and got into those positions [at Derby]. If he gets in those positions enough times in the season, then he’ll score goals for us.

“Overall, I was delighted with his work rate and what he gave the team.”

The Albion manager was forced to rejig his line-up due to injuries and suspensions, but was delighted with the overall performance from his side.

“We had to manoeuvre the team a little bit with Bruno playing at centre-back, Dale Stephens being out and Steve Sidwell coming in.

“The team in the second half knows each other very well and you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a good team spirit, which we do.

“I thought the application from the team was brilliant and apart from the goals and winning the game, I got everything I wanted.”

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NIGEL PEARSON praised the defensive performance of his side in the goalless draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, but felt his team lacked a cutting edge upfront.

The Derby boss told the Derby Telegraph, "We are capable of playing better with the ball, of course, but I was very pleased with our determination and the fact the players kept on trying to function as a team.

"One or two of the criticisms of this team in the past may have been that in tight games they did not always come out with the right result.

"It is not going to change overnight, but I was pleased with the fact that although we were not playing at our best and we didn't use the ball as well as I would have liked, the players worked hard to protect our goal.

"It was a game between two sides who would be expected to be involved in the promotion race.”

Pearson also feels there was little to choose between the two sides and felt the game was not the greatest of spectacles.

"I thought it was quite a scrappy game in terms of the tempo of it.

"We had some very good chances early on, and goals change games. They started the second half very well."

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