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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND JOKANOVIC

28 November 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON praised Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray for their match-winning contribution against Fulham, as both strikers scored in Albion’s 2-1 victory at the Amex.

The Albion boss applauded Baldock’s delivery for Murray’s second-half strike, which put the Seagulls 2-1 in front, and highlighted the importance of the forward’s equalising goal.

He said, “Sam [Baldock] was very good, and it was a great ball in with real pace. Although it was an excellent finish by Glenn [Murray], the pace on the ball helped because he didn’t have to generate much power himself.

“All he had to do was make sure he hit the target. It was a really good combination between the two of them.

“It was a goal that changed the game [Baldock’s goal]. It lifted the crowd, the momentum changed and Fulham were put on the back foot.

“Apart from it being a technically-good goal, it was one we needed and it allowed us to go on and win the game.”

Hughton accepted his team were second best in the first half at the Amex, but felt the half-time break gave them an opportunity to regroup and overturn the deficit after the interval.

“Anybody watching us in that first-half period wouldn’t have been happy. Even though they [Fulham] didn’t have too many goalscoring opportunities, they had a lot of the ball.

“It was the kind of game that you’re grateful when the half-time whistle is blown, as it gave us an opportunity to stem the flow Fulham had.

“But that’s a sign of really good momentum and togetherness in our team. On a day where we certainly didn’t play our best, getting a result was a big bonus for the team.”

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“I believe we are making progress. We played very good football and created enough to go back to London with some points, but it didn’t happen.”

“It’s an ugly afternoon for us. We are not happy, but we are going to try and play the same way in the next game.

“It’s a hard punishment for myself and our away supporters, but we have to be brave and believe in ourselves and each other, and push hard.

Jokanovic believes his team learned a harsh lesson against the Seagulls, but backed his side to stick to their beliefs and bounce back from the defeat.

“It’s frustrating that we weren’t clinical enough in the first 45 minutes. Their half chances resulted in two goals, which was the complete opposite to us.”

“Okay, if you don’t score the goals, then you need to concentrate more and make sure you don’t concede the kind of goals that we conceded yesterday.

He said, “We created many chances but we didn’t find the end product. We didn’t put the ball in the net, conceded two very cheap goals and paid a hard price.

The Serbian boss felt his team created enough chances to take a positive result away from the Amex, and expressed his disappointment at the nature of Albion’s goals.
SLAVISA JOKANOVIC was frustrated with his team’s lack of composure in front of goal, as Fulham couldn’t find the goals to overturn Albion’s second-half lead.
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