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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND CARVALHAL

3 October 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON praised Lewis Dunk for his commanding performance in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The 24-year-old was the creator for Sam Baldock’s opening goal on Saturday, and Hughton has been delighted with his recent displays.

He said, “Lewis [Dunk] is maturing with every game, he’s played a lot of games for a young lad and he’s a very good player.

“He’s not somebody that’s naturally vocal, but his performances are at a level that other players can feed off.

“At the moment, he’s got a great partnership with Shane Duffy, as he does with the other players who’ve played with him.

“Connor Goldson is somewhat unfortunate to not be in the side, because he faired well for us last season.”

Hughton was disappointed to see Glenn Murray’s first-half effort ruled out for offside, but dedicated Albion’s first-ever victory at Hillsborough to the club’s loyal supporters.

“Any away win against one of the best teams in this division is always a big result, but I thought we deserved it and should of had another goal.

“When Glenn Murray scored, I thought it was onside, so that was a little bit of a blow. But to control the game like we did, a lot of credit must go to the players.

“But mostly, it's for the supporters. We had a tremendous following again, and in a stadium that was so noisy and vocal, they were heard.”

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CARLOS CARVALHAL felt his side paid the price for not finding the quality to break the deadlock at Hillsborough on Saturday, as Albion went on to record a famous victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls boss made comparisons between the two clubs, but thought the Seagulls made the most of their early breakthrough to seal a first-ever win at Hillsborough.

He said, “I think our sides are very similar. We have a similar amount of quality and are both tactical teams, so in these games the small details make the difference.

“We started the game very evenly, but they got the goal and this meant they could become compact when we tried to break them down.

“We pushed for the equaliser and were on top, but they got the second, which was hard on us during that time. “

Carvalhal thought his team gave a good account of themselves despite losing, and challenged his players to be more clinical in front of goal.

“I am very disappointed with the score, but I’m not disappointed with the way we played.

“We need to score more of the chances we create, and this is what we will be working on during the international break.”

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