Albion's manager praised a terrific performance from his players.
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton praised his side's clinical edge as they put five past Norwich City without reply at the Amex this afternoon.
Glenn Murray hit a hat-trick; Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockaert were also on target in a five-star display, which had the Amex rocking and put Albion three points clear of third-placed Huddersfield.
Hughton said, "We had to perform well today and I thought we were magnificent. In the second half we exploited the spaces that we got, and the game hinged on the second goal after Glenn did wonderfully well to put us ahead at half-time.
"The second one meant everything because Norwich are a very good side, and they're very good offensively. It meant they had to open up their game, and we capitalised on it, some days that doesn't happen but today it did.
"It was never just another game, because we were playing a team that were around us in the league table, and there was always going to be a little more significance.
"Ultimately, we knew that if we got the points, it would be points that they wouldn't get, but Norwich are a very good side and would certainly be the favourites to go up, along with Newcastle.
"I was happy to go on and get the extra goals, because it generally doesn't happen against this level of opposition. To get the third, fourth and fifth showed how badly we wanted to play well. We didn’t need to prove anything to anyone, but we capitalised on a very good day."
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Hughton was delighted with hat-trick hero Murray, adding, "He's a big personality and somebody who you know will score goals at this level. He came here hungry to play and the longer he plays, you know he's going to score goals.
"We need our big characters in these types of games and we're fortunate to have that in our team, but we now need to prepare for a very difficult away game next week."
Hughton dedicated the win to Albion fan Scott Mills. The 18-year-old recently passed away and both sets of supporters observed a minute's applause in the 18th minute of the match.
"Our condolences very much go to his family, it was a lovely touch and the fans observed it really well, it was a very moving moment and a wonderful result for him. I think it's only right to dedicate this win to Scott."
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