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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND GRAYSON

17 October 2016

The two manager's reflect on Saturday 2-2 draw.


CHRIS HUGHTON felt his team paid the price for not extending their lead against Preston North End, as the Seagulls conceded a late goal to share the spoils.

 
The Albion boss was pleased with the second-half performance at the Amex, but showed his frustration at giving the Lilywhites a chance to draw level.
 
He said, “We had some really good passages of play, and a performance like that in the second half should have seen us kill the game off.
 
“Even at 2-1, some of the areas we got into, if we had showed that killer instinct, we would have finished the game off, and if you don’t do that then there’s always the chance they may score.
 
“Having been 2-1 up, it’s definitely two points lost. I was more disappointed with the second goal than I was with the first one, not because of the type of goal that it was, but because of the timing.
 
“I’m realistic enough to know that if we hadn’t played well today and ended up drawing 2-2, I may have been here talking about a decent result.
 
“But that wasn't the case today, so not winning, especially at home, definitely puts more pressure on us to get a result in our next game.”
 
Hughton explained the absence of Tomer Hemed, who was missing from the matchday squad after returning from international duty with Israel.
 
“Tomer felt something on the top of his thigh, he played in the two international games and trained on Thursday with us, but he felt something then.
 
“It’s something he’d felt before, but whether he started or not, we felt it was something he could have made worse.
 
“He’ll be touch and go for Tuesday, but I think he’ll be okay for Saturday.”

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SIMON GRAYSON praised Simon Makienok for his late contribution at the Amex, as the Danish striker headed an equalising goal in stoppage time against the Seagulls.
 
The Lilywhites boss was happy to see two of his substitutes combine to earn a share of the spoils, and was also pleased with his team’s character after going down to ten men due to John Welsh's injury.
 
He said, ”Simon is a threat because of his height and when you have Gally [Paul Gallagher] and Ben Pringle - who also came on - to put good delivery in there, that can test any defence.
 
"Simon gives us something different and I was delighted to see him score.
 
"We went down to ten men when John Welsh was injured, so I was delighted to get the equaliser against such a top team with ten men.”
 
Grayson knew the tough test his players were up against on their visit to the south coast, but hailed his team’s persistence and overall performance.
 
"We came here against a top team with really good individual players and had to work extremely hard.
 
"In the first half we did okay, we were quite comfortable, got the goal and limited Brighton to few opportunities.
 
"Unfortunately they got the two goals but we showed immense character to keep driving on to get something out of the game.”

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