Albion's manager felt his side grew into the game.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his team’s performance improved as the game went on, as the Seagulls secured all three points against ten-man Queens Park Rangers at the Amex.
The Albion boss was pleased with his team’s efforts to strengthen throughout the game, following a below-par period after Sam Baldock opened the scoring in the first half.
He said, “We weren’t at our best in the first half. Sam’s [Baldock] goal made the game favourable for us, but we weren’t able to build on that.
“We were better in the second half, looked to create opportunities to get that second and third goal, and we were able to do that.
“In the first half, we tried pressing in areas that we perhaps shouldn’t have done, which gave them a bit of space. They’ve got good energy in the side, play 4-3-3 and if they can keep possession, they're able to capitalise.
“But once we sured up those holes, we managed to get a little bit more control of the game and in that period you hope to get the goals, and of course, we did.”
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Anthony Knockaert added a third goal after Glenn Murray doubled Albion’s lead from the penalty spot, and Hughton praised the Frenchman, as well as highlighting his team’s defensive strengths.
“What Anthony [Knockaert] gives is passion and desire in the way he plays, and that’s how he is as an individual. He’s a very emotional individual and fortunately he has a lot of good people around him here.
"He showed his emotion today and he’s doing an incredibly good job for us; the respect goes both ways.
“There’s a resilience [in our team], there’s no doubt. There was a period in the first half where QPR used the ball very well and worked through the thirds.
“We were desperate not to concede, and I think in the periods where we didn’t play well, that’s what showed.
“But what we can do is find a way of scoring a goal, we’ve been known to do that and I think we deserve to be where we are."
The Seagulls moved top of the Sky Bet Championship, overtaking Newcastle United, and Hughton urged his team to focus on maintaining their impressive form into the second half of the season.
“It’s very satisfying. We’ve earned the right to be there, but there’s an awful long way to go and we have to make sure we play with the same principles we’ve played with during the first half of the season.
“We know that lots of teams below us have an incentive to chase and get into the top two. There are no easy games, so we’ll need to make sure we go about the second half of the season in the same way.”
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