Albion's manager reflects on a win which sends the side top of the Championship.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his team for a professional performance against an in-form Leeds United this evening, as the Seagulls secured a 2-0 victory at the Amex.
The Albion boss felt his players showed quality in every department against Garry Monk’s side, and admitted Glenn Murray’s opener from the penalty spot was a pivotal moment, before Tomer Hemed added a second late on.
He said, “I thought it was a very good all-round performance against a very good side, who I think will be there or thereabouts and they’re on a tremendous run. We knew we’d have to be good all over the pitch today, and I thought we were.
“I don’t think you’re ever in control of a game when you’re up against a good side, but I certainly felt we were the better side.
“At that stage [first penalty], if it looked like anybody was going to score, I thought it would have been us.
“We’re the home side, the side that have to push the hardest, but it was certainly a turning point because you can’t win games if you don’t score goals.
“It was a nailed on penalty, the referee did very well to see it from his position, and certainly that changed the game in regards to goals.”
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Hughton was pleased to hand Solly March his first league appearance at the Amex this season, and highlighted the strength in depth of Albion’s squad this season.
“I’m delighted for him [Solly March]. Any player that goes through a longer injury goes through a tough time, and we’ve had a consistent side, so it’s been difficult for him.
“We’re going through a period of games now where you need as many players available as possible, and probably before his injury, he was playing as good as I’d ever seen him.
“That’s what the squad’s for [dealing with busy period]. What I’ll do is pick the team that is appropriate for each game, but we know we’ll get through periods where we’re picking up injuries.
“It just so happens that at the moment, apart from Liam Rosenior, we don’t have any injuries. But at some stage we will, and that’s when you need the depth in your squad.”
The Seagulls overtook Newcastle United to go top of the Sky Bet Championship this evening, and Hughton complimented his players for their efforts so far this season.
“We’ll talk no more about the following week or where we are in the table, but we have to be delighted. Not only with the table, but with the performances and consistency from this group of lads.
“That’s based on clean sheets, we’ve been a hard team to beat, but we’ve also got a lot of [attacking] quality in the team. It’s important to keep these levels up.”
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