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13 May 2016

The Albion manager is confident of turning the tie around.

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton praised his side's resolve in the face of adversity tonight, and says his team are still in the tie, ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex.

Albion went down 2-0 at Hillsborough, ending the game with ten men, after suffering four injuries; and Hughton is under no illusions over the task ahead of his side.

He said, "We certainly showed some character in that last period, particularly when they made those changes. At the moment, we’re still in the tie.

"It has been done before, and certainly a goal lifts the crowd. They have a decision to make, do they sit back or try to win the game. I don’t know what their approach will be, but certainly our approach will be very simple. We have to win the game by two goals."


Meanwhile, Hughton admitted he doesn't recall experiencing losing four players to injury in one match - either as a player or manager.

Albion lost both Connor Goldson (quad) and Tomer Hemed (hamstring) in the first half, before Steve Sidwell (knee) and Anthony Knockaert (ankle) were forced off after the break.

Hughton added, "It was already tough and going into that game, you’re without two of your most influential players in Lewis Dunk and Dale Stephens.

"I can’t remember being involved in a game where we have lost four players to injury in the period of time that we had.

"That makes it tough, but we what we are grateful of is that’s it’s a scoreline that’s not unachievable. We get one goal at the Amex and it changes and we are capable of scoring goals."

It is likely that Albion will have to do it without the four players who were forced off injured. Hughton added, "At the minute, it’s about determining who’s going to be available, because these are not slight injuries and it looks like they will all be ruled out.

"They were all substantial enough that they had to come off and not one of those players wanted to come off. We’ll have to wrap them up in cotton wool and determine a team, but we’re at home and it’s a scoreline that at the moment, we can climb.

"There was a danger at the end was that it could’ve been three or four, which makes it very difficult, but at this minute we’re still in the tie and we’ll give it a real good go."





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