The two managers reflect on Tuesday's game.
CHRIS HUGHTON was delighted with his team’s ability to find a way of winning, and stressed the importance of remaining tight in defence when things aren’t necessarily going to plan.
Despite overcoming Queens Park Rangers with a comfortable 3-0 scoreline, Hughton accepted his team weren’t always at the races but understands that is part and parcel of the game.
He said, “We know what we’ve got, but it’s about producing that game after game, and it’s difficult to do that. Any expectations that the supporters are going to see free-flowing football every game, that just doesn’t happen.
“Sometimes it can change in a game, there are good periods where you produce something, but to do that in every game for 90 minutes is impossible.
“But when you don’t have your better periods, you just have to find a way of getting a goal or not conceding one, and that will always give you a chance.”
The Seagulls went top of the Sky Bet Championship with victory over the Hoops, and Hughton believes his team have improved since last season, as they show desire to reach the Premier League.
“Generally, I was delighted with what I saw from my team last season. But what we have been able to do this time, is keep more clean sheets and turn draws into wins.
“I think that’s the pleasing one. We recruited well in the summer and I do see a difference, but not a major difference.
“There’s no doubt that there’s a determination, not a determination to not go through that [last season] again, but a determination to get promoted and be the best team that they can.”
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IAN HOLLOWAY expressed his frustration at his team’s 3-0 defeat to the Seagulls, and was disappointed by their failure to find the back of the net during a positive first-half spell.
The Hoops boss felt his team showed good signs in the opening 45 minutes at the Amex, but praised Albion for killing the game off, following a number of untaken chances for the visitors.
He said, “We’re very disappointed. Things aren’t going our way at the moment. They’ve got form and momentum and wins – and their first goal summed that up. It was a brilliant goal.
“We played well in the first half. We had chances and we didn’t take them. That’s the way it’s going. The second goal killed us. It was a penalty and the referee got that one right – but he got the red card wrong I believe.
“The skipper is gutted in the dressing room because none of us feel it was a red card. We were a little out of position defensively, but the decision to send him off was really ridiculous.”
Despite losing a sixth game in succession, without scoring a goal in their last four, Holloway is confident his side's fortunes will improve and praised the club’s travelling supporters.
“When you lose six in a row, you’re in a relegation fight. We know that – but we also know that there’s half a season left. But we will continue to fight and get better.
“We need to get the spirit going again. The QPR spirit. We’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get going again.”
“Our fans were brilliant. We’ll need them to be with us again at Wolves on New Year’s Eve.”
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