The two managers reflect on Tuesday's match.
CHRIS HUGHTON praised Shane Duffy’s performance last night, as his header sent the Seagulls on their way to a 3-2 victory over his former club Blackburn Rovers.
The Republic of Ireland international powered home a header with 16 minutes on the clock and Hughton acknowledged the irony of the defender getting his first Albion goal against Rovers.
He said, “It happens incredibly often and he had a great chance on Friday night against Leeds to score too.
“But apart from the timing of the goal, it was an excellent header as well and that sums up his performance.
“There were a lot of good individual performances and it got us off to the start we needed.”
The Albion manager revealed that Jamie Murphy was left out as a precaution and will be available for Saturday’s trip to Birmingham.
“He came off on Friday night and trained on Monday, so it was one of those ones where he could’ve started, but I thought with what we got, there was no need to take any risks with it.
“He’s fine, will train on Thursday and be available on Saturday.”
Hughton admits he is expecting an even sterner test from former club Birmingham this weekend, with the Blues sitting just outside the play-off places on goal difference.
“As tough as we thought this game would be, Birmingham will be tougher. They’re a team in good form, they won again on Tuesday and got back to winning ways at home.
“We will have to perform at a good level offensively and defensively to get a result.”
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OWEN COYLE was disappointed with the nature of the goals his side conceded in Blackburn’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton last night, and felt his team were a bit unlucky not to take something from the game.
Sam Gallagher’s brace ensured Rovers ran Albion close in the end, and Coyle praised his side for rallying well with only ten men.
He told Radio Rovers, "We knew it was always going to be a difficult game, but we started really well and were on the front foot.
"But then I felt a little bit aggrieved to go behind against the run of play from a corner that was avoidable. But then Gordon [Greer] has allowed the run on him from Shane Duffy and it has found its way into the top corner.
"We came out in the second half and I felt it was quite even as we tried to get back into the game, but they score the second goal from a set-play and the boy [Dale Stephens] scored a wonderful volley.
"So that left us with an awful lot to do at 2-0, and it would be easy for us to crumble and feel sorry for ourselves. But whilst weren't fluent, we picked ourselves up and managed to find a way back into it through young Sam Gallagher and were well set to go on and get something from the game.
"We then conceded a third that is avoidable, but the spirit we showed with ten men to keep going merited a second wonderful goal from Sam Gallagher. It is just a shame that it was too little, too late.”
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