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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH SECOND-HALF REACTION

26 November 2016

Albion's manager was delighted with his side's performance after the break.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his team’s second-half reaction, as the Seagulls recovered from behind to win 2-1 against Fulham.

Goals from Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray cancelled out Kevin McDonald’s first-half opener, and Hughton expressed his delight at Albion’s ability to make up for their below-par start.

He said, “We were nowhere near our levels in that first-half period, but I was quite confident that we’d be better in the second half.

“But whether that meant we’d get the goals or not concede again was always going to be down to our quality and ability.

“We were up against a very good footballing side, who are very expansive. If you don’t get tighter to them or keep the ball well enough, then it’s always going to be tough.

“It was a typical Championship game with a lot of incidents, but fortunately for us, we came out on top.”

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“It’s about thinking about the next game and putting into practice the things that we do well. We didn’t do that in the first-half period, but fortunately we did in the second half.”

“If you’re somebody that looks at the league table on a regular basis, you’ll drive yourself mad.

“It’s about looking at the momentum we’ve got and getting the kind of results that we got today; that’s more important than looking at the league table.

The Seagulls closed the gap on Sky Bet Championship leaders Newcastle United to two points, but Hughton insists his team must focus solely on themselves.

“But in a game like this, against a quality side like Fulham, you do sometimes need your goalkeeper to make good saves, and that’s what he did.”

“There was really good quality in their deliveries, so he had to make sure he positioned himself very well.

“For David [Stockdale], he was probably tested more than in any game so far this season, considering their goal, and the amount of corners and crosses they sent in.

Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale was forced into a number of saves to keep his team in the game, and Hughton praised the shot-stopper for his commanding performance. Tweets by @OfficialBHAFC

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