The two managers reflect on Friday night’s game.
CHRIS HUGHTON explained the strong competition for places in Brighton & Hove Albion’s squad, as he made three changes to the starting line-up that won 2-0 against Leeds United.
Oliver Norwood, Anthony Knockaert and Sebastien Pocognoli all came into the side, and Hughton highlighted the impressive form of his entire squad, with a number of players pushing to start.
He said, “We’ve got a very competitive squad and Ollie [Norwood] is one that would have been very disappointed to not have been playing before.
“But Steve Sidwell has been playing ever so well and is in a really good vein of form, as is Dale [Stephens].
“There’s an opportunity with the games coming up, we’ve got tough away games on Tuesday and Saturday, so we’re going to need the squad and I’ll need to make changes to freshen things up.”
The Albion boss applauded his team for defending their narrow lead before Tomer Hemed’s late penalty secured the three points, but admitted the scoreline could have been extended.
“With them down to ten men, we were going to have the bulk of possession, that’s generally how it goes, but until you get that second goal, you’re always vulnerable.
“We went through a long period between the two goals and at any time during that period, against a very good Leeds team, they could have capitalised.
“We probably could have made a little more of it and made it more comfortable for ourselves, but I have to be delighted with what I’ve seen.”
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GARRY MONK was left frustrated with the nature of his team’s 2-0 defeat against the Seagulls, as ten-man Leeds United gave away two penalties at the Amex.
The Whites boss felt crucial mistakes were made by his team, which included the sending off of Kalvin Phillips in the first half, and believes they didn’t give a true account of themselves.
He said, “We never gave ourselves the opportunity to show our best or show what we’ve been doing. It’s disappointing and frustrating.
“We talked about the first 20 minutes and about how they always start very well. The plan was to come through that period and I thought we were getting to the point where we’d push on.
“But we made mistakes, the sending off changed the complexion of the game. It led to a frustrating night.”
Monk wasn’t aggrieved by Albion’s first penalty, which Glenn Murray dispatched, but felt the second incident, which led to Tomer Hemed’s successful spot kick, was a questionable decision.
“Kalvin [Phillips] got the red card, I haven’t seen it back, but from what I have heard we can have no complaints.
“You’re the last man, you’re on the line, trying to put yourself in the way of the ball and it hits your arm. He gets a red card and it changes everything.”
“I felt the second penalty was 50/50, sometimes they go for you, and sometimes they go against you.”
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