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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND STAM

22 August 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON remained optimistic following Brighton & Hove Albion’s draw at Reading on Saturday, and was pleased to see his team carry a goalscoring threat despite not being at their best.

Goals from Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert means the Seagulls have scored eight times in their opening four games, conceding just twice.

Hughton said, “I would have to admit, that in the periods of the game where it did become very open, they did better than us. There were periods of the game where they looked more of a threat than we did.

“Fortunately, we have it in the team that we can score a goal. That’s now eight goals in four games, so we are capable of finding the net.

“Sometimes away from home, you prefer a tighter affair, but we’ve got enough in the team that ensured we didn’t get beaten.

“From our point of view, the positive way to look at it is that this is a tough place to come. They’ve got good players, a way of playing, and we’ve managed to get a result when we have not played so well; that’s not such a bad thing.”

The Seagulls boss praised another fine display from Knockaert, who he highlighted as one of Albion’s best performers on Saturday.

“He’s playing very well. He’s certainly one player that if I looked at the performance from everyone, was at the top of his game.

“He looks sharp and he can make something happen every time he has the ball.”

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JAAP STAM was pleased with Reading’s overall performance in the side’s 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Dutchman was particularly impressed with the Royals’ first-half display.

He told the wokinghampaper.com, “If you look at how we played, our way of possession, creating chances and the energy that has been put in by the players, I think we did very well.

“We created a couple of very good chances to score.

“At the start of the game Swifty (John Swift) scores a great goal, but after that we conceded a goal from our own player.

“I think if you look throughout the first half we controlled the game. We had a couple of very good attacks and played very well.”

Stam admits he was frustrated at conceding a goal again so quickly after the re-start having warned his players about Brighton making a fast start to the second half.

“We talked about it and told the players to be aware of the situation that happens after half-time.

“We still conceded a goal and it’s 2-1 to them, so you need to fight your way back into the game again to get the equaliser.

“We came back to 2-2 and after that you want to try and go for the third goal to try and win the game, because that is in our nature.

 “When Joey (van den Berg) got his second yellow card it is 10 v 11, and then you know it’s going to be hard.

“The last couple of minutes you need to defend well and get a draw out of it.”


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