Albion's manager reflected on a frustrating end to the game.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was left frustrated after his side conceded a stoppage-time equaliser against Preston North End, and stressed the need to show more composure inside the closing stages of games.
Albion overturned an early deficit with goals from Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray, but Hughton was disappointed that his team couldn’t hang on for all three points at the Amex following Simon Makienok’s late strike.
He said, “It was about game management in that last couple of minutes, and we needed to make sure that we didn’t put ourselves under pressure, and look for opportunities to get the ball into the corners.
“At that stage of the game, I felt it was a win for us and I thought we deserved it.
“When the big lad [Simon Makienok] came on up front, we knew they had a different kind of threat, and we needed to not give them the opportunity to use that.
“We didn’t start the game so well, although I still felt we were the better team in that first half, but didn’t perform to the levels we know we can at home.
“In the second half, we were very good and got ourselves in front with a very well-worked goal.
“I thought we were worthy of winning the game, so to concede late on is incredibly disappointing, and a real opportunity missed.”
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Jordan Hugill opened the scoring early on, following a mix-up in Albion’s defence, but Hughton gave the visitors credit for taking their opportunities in front of goal.
“When you do make mistakes, you just have to hope you aren’t punished for them. You can go through periods where that can happen, but the first goal today was certainly a poor goal.
“The second one was different, as we knew they’d throw balls into the box at that stage of the game, but we had opportunities before that to kill the game off and keep hold of the ball.
“You have to give them credit though, they played to the strengths of the 6ft 7ins lad that came on. They got the ball into an area they could benefit from, and they did exactly that.”
Hughton was delighted for Murray, who scored his sixth goal of the season, and praised the striker for the quality shown in putting the Seagulls in front.
“I thought he was good today, and I was really pleased for him to get that goal. It showed another part of his game and we know he can get across people inside the box.
“He has a knack of scoring goals, but that was an individual goal. The ball into him was a good, weighted pass, but to take it on and finish like that was excellent.”
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