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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH GOOD POINT

16 February 2016

Chris Hughton reflects on a determined performance as Albion drew 0-0 at league leaders Hull City.


Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton hailed an excellent result and "a good point" after his side held league leaders Hull City to a goalless draw at the KC Stadium.

The Seagulls produced a determined, disciplined and dogged display against the Tigers in a game which saw few chances for either side, and Hughton praised his team's endeavours as they stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.

He said, "It was a well-deserved draw and a very good performance. To come here with the form that they are in, any type of result here is a good one and we deserved it.

"At any stage of the game, you know that Hull have got really good quality and can hurt you. We had to have periods of the game where we stayed disciplined and kept possession, and we did that."

Hughton opted to change his side bringing Steve Sidwell into a three-man central midfield at the expense of striker Bobby Zamora, as he switched to a 4-3-3 formation.

"That's testament to Hull; this is arguably as tough a game in this division that there is. We had a lot of respect for them and they're in good form at the moment and I just felt that I needed to change things a bit.

"Bobby had played at the weekend and we were probably not in a position to start him again, so it gave me the opportunity to shore things up a bit, and I thought they executed the game plan very, very well."

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Albion now face trips to Cardiff City and Bristol City in the next seven days, and Hughton has challenged his squad to continue their good form.

"They're two very hard away games and before today it was three. What we can’t afford to do is to go into the Cardiff or Bristol City game and think it’s going to be more comfortable or easier than this one, because this division does not work that way.

"If you look at the results that Cardiff and Bristol have picked up, it won't be easy, but this result gives us a nice platform to go into Saturday's game."

Hughton also confirmed he expects to have James Wilson back available for those games, after he missed out due to injury tonight.

"It is very minimal. He felt his groin at the beginning of last week and then missed two days' training Thursday and Friday.

"He felt it just before the game on Saturday and we could have possibly taken a chance, but it wasn't worth it. He started training again on Monday and he started to feel it again.

"We’re very hopeful he’ll be available for Saturday. Tonight we took a precaution and did not want to take a chance."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V LEEDS UNITED

MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY   

TUESDAY 8TH MARCH, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V READING

FRIDAY 11TH MARCH, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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