The two managers reflect on last night’s game.
CHRIS HUGHTON was pleased to see Brighton & Hove Albion carry across their goalscoring form from last season, and praised his players for showing match-winning quality in front of goal.
Albion’s manager pointed out the turnaround in fortunes midway through last season, and reflected on some good business in both the January and summer transfer windows.
“Anthony [Knockaert] and Jiri [Skalak] joining in January was certainly a help. We finished joint-top goalscorers in the league, which surprised me, because for half of the season that didn’t look like it would be the case.
“In the second half of the season, in whichever way, we were certainly able to score more goals than we did in that first half of the season.
“That’s how we finished and the addition of Glenn [Murray], with three goals in two games, has helped. We’ve been good in these games, which has allowed us to get into goalscoring opportunities and, at the moment, we’ve been taking them."
Hughton praised the depth of his squad, having made three changes in midfield for the visit of Rotherham United, and is now focused on the upcoming back-to-back away trips.”
“What I’d like to have is a very competitive team that are putting pressure on each other. In the defensive area, I don’t have that at the moment because of the injuries we’ve got. But certainly elsewhere, I’ve got that.
“It was a really important win. For any team that wants to do well, you’ve got to win your home games. You know it’s going to be tougher away from home and they’ll both be very tough games [Reading and Newcastle], but we’ll endeavour to get as much as we can from them.”
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ALAN STUBBS was pleased with his side’s second-half reaction after heading in at the break two goals down at the Amex.
The Millers boss accepted his team have had a daunting start away from home this season, but feels his players showed him enough spirit after the restart to be confident going forward.
He said, “Brighton and Villa away; it doesn’t get much tougher than that, but I have to say I’m pleased with the second half. There are players that are adapting to this division, but I thought there were some better performances in the second half and we’ll be fine, I have no doubt about that.
“I asked the players at half-time about how much it meant to them, and I thought the way they went about it in the second half was much better.”
Stubbs believed his team began the game well, but praised Albion for their clinical nature in front of goal, as the visitors fell victim to their own mistakes.
“For the first 20 minutes, I thought we started to frustrate them. Then, before you know it, we contribute to the first goal by giving the ball away on the edge of our box. When you have players of the quality that Brighton have, you know they’re likely to punish you.”