CHRIS HUGHTON felt his Brighton & Hove Albion side never recovered from a poor start in the 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United last night.
The Albion boss believes the hosts took advantage of his side’s sluggish opening to the game to claim all three points.
He said, “Once they got that rhythm in their play, it gave them the confidence to push on and at the minute, we’re getting punished for our defensive mistakes.
“I thought they came out better and brighter than us. They started well and they play with a high energy, which you need to match. I thought we started too slowly.
“They pressed us very well. Therefore, you have to adjust your game and we never did that quickly enough.
“Sometimes it’s about momentum and the small margins which are not going our way at the minute.
“We’ve had a few injuries, which has seen a number of players play a lot of games and unfortunately you can get into a momentum of losing games.”
The Seagulls manager admitted that his side did up the intensity after half-time, but had no complaints with the final result.
“Both the Ipswich and Wolves games were ones that we didn’t deserve to lose. I can’t say that about last night, as Rotherham were better than us.
“It was an improved second-half performance by us, but not enough to get back into the game.”
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NEIL REDFEARN expressed his pride after Rotherham’s impressive 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last night.
The Millers boss felt his side edged out a tight contest and grew in belief after breaking the deadlock.
He told themillers.co.uk, “We’re finding form at home, there’s no two ways about it, and we’re on a good run.
“Brighton are an excellent side, I thought it was a real contest first half, there was some good football played with both sides sparring.
“We got our noses in front, and scoring the first goal gives you that confidence. I thought they came onto us in the second half, but we toughed it out and we looked like we could score again.
“We got the second goal and that was pretty much the end of it.”
The result was Rotherham’s third consecutive home victory, but Redfearn stressed the need to improve their form on the road, having lost each of their last three away games.
“If you can keep out the opposition then you’re not going to get beat. At times it looked like they might pinch something in the second half, but because we grafted and we worked hard, we stuck in there.
“The results have been a little bit mixed, the home form has been very good; the away form not so good. We’ve got to keep doing the same things because if we keep doing that, it will turn."
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