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HUGHTON ON NEVER-SAY-DIE ALBION

17 December 2016

The Albion boss was delighted with the late desire shown.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his team's great determination and never-say-die approach, as the Seagulls came from behind to beat Birmingham City 2-1 in the dying seconds of the game.

Glenn Murray headed the winning goal deep into stoppage time, which led to great scenes on the pitch and in the stands at full time.

His winner came after Anthony Knockaert had pulled the Seagulls level, and Hughton was delighted with the character his team showed at St Andrew’s.

He said, "We showed great spirit at the end. Solly March, who we’ve waited on for a while, was excellent when he came on, and we went a little more direct in that last period.

“I felt with the momentum of the game, we could try and get the win; but on most occasions you don’t get it as late as we did.

“I can understand the other side, because we’ve all been there, Birmingham wanted to protect the 1-1 but we showed great spirit.

“It’s something that Glenn is used to doing. Today wasn’t one of his better games, but he’s got an ability to score goals.

“You need those vital moments, because we were always going to put them under pressure and stretch the play, and you need those moments to get the goals.”

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Hughton applauded second-half substitute March for laying on Knockaert’s equalising goal, and thought the Frenchman’s strike was a big turning point in the game.

“Solly showed great quality with the cross for the first goal, and then we certainly showed a real desire to score the second one.

“I thought he was excellent when he came on, sometimes when you bring on that type of player, it doesn’t happen because you can’t find the rhythm of the game, but it was a big evening for him.

“Anthony’s goal set us on the path to securing the win, he showed great quality. He’s a creative player that started the season very well, getting assists and goals, he took a little bit of a dip but he’s one player that can still produce something.”

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