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7 November 2016

The post-match reaction from Saturday's game.

CHRIS HUGHTON praised Albion’s second goalscorer Jamie Murphy for his contribution against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, and welcomed the return of Solly March.

The Seagulls boss was delighted to see the Scotsman score his first league goal of the season, and showed his pleasure at Albion’s competition for places out wide.

He said, “I thought his [Jamie Murphy] work rate was excellent. He got a little bit of fortune on the goal, it took a slight deflection, but I think he deserved that.

“Obviously Jiri [Skalak] has been playing a lot in that position, but Jamie’s always on his game and I thought it was a real hard-working display by an out-and-out winger.

“It’s been a difficult period for him [Solly March], he’s now played a couple of games for the under-23s and we’ll look forward to seeing him play on Tuesday night [v Leyton Orient].

“It will give him a platform to push, because we want as many players ready as possible, so we can have the strongest squad available.”

Albion head into the international break on the back of four consecutive wins, but Hughton accepted the break from league action can be useful for his team.

“I always think it doesn’t really matter; if you’ve got momentum you don’t want it to stop and if you lose a game, you want another game quickly to put it right.

“It is what it is, but we have to use this international break in the best way possible and prepare for our next game against Aston Villa.”


LEE JOHNSON gave Albion credit for their performance in Saturday’s 2-0 victory, but felt Steve Sidwell’s opening goal could have been avoided.

The Robins boss accepted his side were second best on the day, and felt Sidwell’s 50-yard strike took the wind out of his team after a positive start.

He said, “Sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better side. It’s disappointing, but they deserved it on the day.

“I thought we actually started alright and were on the front foot in the first five or ten minutes, shutting them down well, but the nature of the [first] goal has killed us a bit.

“They’re a good side and they showed that tonight – they were difficult to break down.”

Johnson was frustrated by his team’s lack of creativity going forward, and admitted they didn’t reach the levels required to earn a share of the spoils.

“We didn’t really have enough opportunities on goal and that’s what disappoints me, because I know we’ve got players who can be creative.

“We had a couple of little penalty decisions we thought we might’ve got, but maybe we’re scratching around a bit – if that’s all we had, it wasn’t enough.”

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