The Albion manager felt the referee made the correct call on two key decisions.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton had no complaints as his side were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Cardiff City in South Wales this afternoon.
The Seagulls were denied a goal towards the end of the match, prior to going down to ten men, but Hughton gave credit to Cardiff for their resolute display.
He said, “It was very frustrating, but we knew it was going to be a tough game, and we came up against a team that set up with a 4-5-1 formation, which shows respect to us as a team in good form.
“But we had a lot of possession and the onus was on us to break the deadlock.
“We defended well as a team, but we needed to do better with the half chances, and then the game would’ve opened up.”
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The Seagulls were denied a goal in the second half after Glenn Murray’s strike was ruled out for an infringement and ended the game with ten men after Gaetan Bong was sent off late on.
Hughton admits he had little to complain about with both decisions, and feels now is when the squad’s strength in depth comes into play.
“On the foul, I think yes looking at it again. It’s one that if the referee doesn’t get a clear view of it, he allows it.
“You’ve got Shane Duffy who jumped very well, but he’s probably impeded him so I have no complaints about that.
“I can’t fault the referee on that either [the sending off]. I’ll have to look at the first booking again, but I have no problems with the second challenge when he’s already on a yellow card.
“But that’s what the squad is for and we’re going to miss players through injury or suspensions, and that’s when you have to use it.”
Today’s result meant the Seagulls missed the chance to go top of the table following Newcastle’s defeat yesterday, but Hughton still took some satisfaction at gaining something from the match.
“It’s certainly not the end of the world, but it is an opportunity missed - particularly in the second half; but you’ve got to give credit to Cardiff. They had a gameplan to very much stop us playing and the way they play will give a lot of teams problems.
“I would’ve seen it as an opportunity to go top, but a draw is not a bad result.”
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