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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH ALBION'S FOCUS

18 October 2016

The Albion manager was delighted to hold onto all three points.


Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his team’s defensive focus in the closing stages against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as the Seagulls held on for a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

The Albion boss drew similarities between their last two games at the Amex, and praised his team for holding onto their slender lead after Sam Baldock’s goal.

He said, “It was a bit like Saturday [v Preston], because if I’m looking at the level of performance, I think we were very good in both games.

“They had about five corners at the end, and when they put seven or eight players into the box, there’s always going to be a threat.

“But I think we were comfortable before that, and felt we were capable of getting that second goal, which we probably needed.

“They put us under some pressure in that last period of the game, which we managed to deal with, and I thought we were very good value for the win.”

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Hughton expressed his delight for Baldock, who notched his third goal in as many games, and was impressed with the striker’s movement for the match-winning goal.

“Sam would be the first one to admit that his heading ability is not one of his best traits, but the goal was more about the desire to get across the defender.

“Once the ball comes in with that sort of pace, I think you’ve just got to try and get contact, and then you have a chance.

“He’s not a player that only has to do that role upfront, he also has the responsibility to tuck in, which both the strikers do.

“But I’m very pleased for him because he’s a player that always works hard and has been very good for us.”

Albion defender Lewis Dunk picked up his fifth yellow card of the season late on, meaning he’ll serve a one-game suspension against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, and Hughton will now weigh up his defensive options.

“In Connor [Goldson] and Uwe [Huenemeier], we’ve got two players who’ve both had good periods in the team and are both ready.

“It’s always frustrating when you lose a player, but it’s the emotions of the game, particularly a game like this, and a competitive player like Dunky [Lewis Dunk] was always going to get to five [cautions].

“We just need to make sure we cope with it, but that’s why we have the squad that we have.”

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