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16 July 2016

Albion's manager reflected on a good start to pre-season.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton hailed a good workout for his side after they beat Crawley Town 4-0 in their opening pre-season friendly this afternoon.
Beram Kayal, Tomer Hemed, Glenn Murray and Elvis Manu were all on the scoresheet, and the Seagulls boss was pleased that his side managed to maintain a high-intensity display for the full 90 minutes, despite ten changes at half time.
He said, “It was very good. We made a lot of changes, almost complete changes at half time and sometimes in these games when you’ve done well in that first half, it’s difficult to replicate that in the second half with a different team.
“They made a lot of changes as well, but I was really happy with the performance. Crawley are a little bit ahead of us with regard to competitive games that they’ve played, so it was really important that we put in a good stint today, and we did."

Murray took less than three minutes to find the net on his first outing since returning to the club, while goals from Hemed and Manu will also give Hughton’s strike force a timely boost of confidence.
“I remember last summer with Tomer’s first goal in pre-season, that it meant something to him. You want to score goals, wherever they are, they are of great value to you.
“I am pleased for Glenn and Tomer, and was also pleased for Manu as well.
“He missed a couple of chances before then and it was a fairly unconventional goal that he did score, but I am really pleased for him and I thought he worked hard.”


Hughton utilised various members of the under-21 squad in the victory, including Tom Dallison, Ben Hall, Rob Hunt, Henrik Bjordal and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
He explained, “We have invested well at under-21 level. The squad is definitely bigger and stronger than it was and we could be looking to them at some stage this season.
“We’re not allowed to bring in any emergency loans and when you get difficult periods, you want to be able to pull players out from that under-21 group and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Hughton also confirmed that Richie Towell missed the game because of a slight knee problem, while midfield duo Danny Holla and Jake Forster-Caskey missed out due to squad rotation.

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