Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his side needed to cause Hull City more problems if they were to advance in the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon.
The Seagulls went down 1-0 at the KC Stadium, as Robert Snodgrass's penalty, just before half-time, put the Tigers into Monday's fourth round draw.
Hughton said, "We didn't cause them enough problems, and particularly on the counter, their qualities showed up. In the periods we were in the game, we didn't create enough with the possession we had.
"We had to defend very well and we knew it would be a tight affair, and was decided by one penalty kick. I'm disappointed we didn't threaten them enough, but we knew it was always going to be a tough game.
"We had two clear-cut chances, one in the first half and one right at the end. They threatened and got the ball in the box a lot, but didn't have many clear-cut chances.
"I can't say we deserved to win the game, we wanted to make it a tight affair and we made some changes to the team in the same way they did. The players we left out have almost played every minute of every game this season."
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Hughton did point to a few positives, including the return of both Sam Baldock and Kazenga LuaLua from injury, while debutants Richie Towell and Liam Ridgewell came through the 90 minutes, and Niki Maenpaa impressed in goal.
"When you come here with the quality that they have got, you know it's going to be a tough game and that you'll have to make a good account of yourselves. At periods we did that and we were very solid with three at the back. It was good to bring Kazenga and Sam Baldock on, at least they both have 30 minutes under their belt coming back from injuries.
"Richie Towell played 90 minutes and coped very well. The last 90 minutes he played was back in November in the Irish Cup Final and he has been training very hard to be ready for now.
"I knew Liam could play at centre-back, but what I know of him is as a left-back, which is where he will play for us. It's a good acquisition and also another player who has got 90 minutes under their belt today."
Hughton confirmed that he expects to have skipper Gordon Greer available for Tuesday's visit to Rotherham, adding, "We're hoping he is going to be available for Tuesday. He trained yesterday and trained well, but today was probably too soon. You always want to bring back experience and most importantly, your captain."
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