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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND WARNOCK

5 December 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.




CHRIS HUGHTON remained optimistic after Brighton & Hove Albion’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff City on Saturday, but admitted his team weren’t at their best.

The Albion boss was pleased to stretch the club’s unbeaten run to 13 games, and praised his players for another defensive shutout away from home.

He said, “After a game like this, where there’s disappointment that we didn’t win, you have to look at the positives. It’s another clean sheet that breeds confidence in the team, and we’ve kept our unbeaten run going.

“We needed to show more, so it was certainly an off-day for us, but we were resilient and I can’t think of a good save David Stockdale had to make.

“As an away team coming here, you’ve got to give us some credit for the clean sheet but we certainly could have done more to win the game.”

Hughton analysed the strength in depth of his squad ahead of the January transfer window, and expressed his desire to stay within touching distance of promotion rivals Newcastle United.

“January is important, there’s no doubt about that. But what we’ll do in January, if we do anything, will be minimal.

“We added Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray to the squad, and I knew we had a group of players that were very capable of competing at the top end of the table.

“I believe the team that stays closest to Newcastle will be the team that goes up automatically, because they’ve got a strength in depth that we’ve not seen in this division before.”

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NEIL WARNOCK was delighted to see his team keep their first clean sheet since his arrival in October, as the Bluebirds held the Seagulls to a goalless draw.

The Cardiff City boss felt his defence coped well without the presence of key personnel, and was pleased for his central defensive partnership, who joked with Warnock after the game.

He said, "We lost [Lee] Peltier who is probably our best defender, but credit to the lads who came in, they did really well today.

"I might owe the two centre halves [Sol Bamba and Sean Morrison] a few quid because we haven't had a clean sheet.

"They came up to me at the end of the game and said 'what were you saying gaffer?' and that was good to see.”

Warnock praised the work rate of his team for keeping Albion’s attacking threat under wraps, and expressed his delight at their organisation throughout the game.

"We had to work hard. I don't think there was any player who didn't give everything today. We knew we had to because they're such a good team, they rip people apart.

“We had to be well organised and catch them on the break when we could and I thought the players did exactly what we've been working on all week."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V LEEDS UNITED

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 12.30PM



ALBION V CARDIFF CITY

FRIDAY 30TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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