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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND LAMBERT

18 January 2016


CHRIS HUGHTON praised the defensive resoluteness of his side, after Brighton & Hove Albion held on to an early lead to claim a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

The Albion manager hailed a marked improvement from his side following Tuesday night’s defeat to Rotherham United.

He said, “We probably need to show on Saturday than we did on Tuesday night against Rotherham, and it goes to show you on the days you don’t, you can get beat.

“We broke away well at times and had opportunities but as the away team, we deserved it.

“I enjoyed it in the 94th minute, only because when you score early, you’re put under a lot of pressure.

“We had to have two centre halves that performed as well as they did, because Brown is a handful and so is Rhodes. We had to defend very well from set-pieces and corners and look for opportunities. When you score early, there’s always a feel that you’re hanging on.”

Hughton praised goalscorer and birthday boy Bobby Zamora and how the talented frontman has adapted his game over a successful career.

“He’s adjusted his game as he’s got older and when he’s fully fit, he’s a handful and also is very clever.

“I thought he capped off a good day for him and a good day for the team.”

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PAUL LAMBERT felt his Blackburn Rovers side deserved a share of the spoils following an improved second-half display against Brighton, but was disappointed with their sloppy start to the game.

He told Radio Rovers, "We start really slowly which was never the game plan and it was a poor goal to give away in the first few minutes.

"We had some chances to get back but the first half was too slow. You can't start a game the way that we did and try to turn it around.
 
"We can't start games as slowly as that and think we can pass the ball back, that is not the way we want to play. We want to be on the front foot, we want to get after teams, but we certainly never did that."
 
Lambert is now eager to arrest a run of six games without a win, which includes four defeats.
 
"The second half was better, we played in their half, but it was still way short, it still wasn't enough.
 
"I always go out to try and win, we are at home and we have to do a lot better in front of our own fans.
 
"They deserve more than they are getting, that is the most disappointing thing. We let them down again.
 
"Did we deserve to lose the game today? Probably not. But we didn't do enough to win it."

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