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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND NEIL

31 October 2016

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.




CHRIS HUGHTON reminded his team to maintain their focus, following Brighton and Hove Albion’s 5-0 triumph over Norwich City at the Amex on Saturday.

The Albion boss felt his team made the most of their chances in front of goal, but emphasises the importance of not getting carried away following their impressive performance.

He said, “One thing I know about this division is that you can’t afford to get carried away, there are so many teams that can beat you, and if you want to maintain certain levels, your focus has to be very high.

“It was an unusual win, because the scoreline probably wasn’t a fair reflection of the game, we just capitalised on spaces better than they did.

“It’s a big win when you’re up against a team as good as Norwich, but we’ll have to come back down to earth, because we’ve now got a very tough game at Bristol City.”

The Seagulls manager gave his support to opposite number Alex Neil, and backed the Canaries boss to turn things around following a couple of negative results.

“Alex [Neil] is a manager that’s managed Norwich in the Premier League, which is the toughest place to work, and as a manager you get used to the highs and lows.

“It’s been a bad day, but he’s a very good manager. The margins in this game were hinged on a couple of goals, but he’s got a very good squad here and a very good way of playing.

“They will absolutely bounce back, it’s unusual for them to be on the back of two defeats, but that’s the nature of this division.”

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ALEX NEIL showed his disappointment at Norwich’s heavy defeat at the Amex, and highlighted the lack of professionalism shown in their second-half performance.

The Canaries boss apologised for his team’s below-par showing against the Seagulls, and was frustrated his team couldn’t maintain the competitive start they made to the game.

He said, “It is my worst defeat as a manager. I can only apologise to all the fans who travelled in huge numbers because we have let them down.

“You don’t need me to tell you what was said in the dressing room. The players should be embarrassed by that. We need to go out and play better, it’s as simple as that.

“The game up until the second goal was like any tight game in the Championship with two sides near the top, but from then onwards we have to act like professionals and we didn’t.”

Neil felt his team paid the price for conceding a cheap goal early on, as the Seagulls took advantage of Norwich’s open style of play in the second half.

“Giving Brighton the first goal is never a good thing because the way they play, they are quite comfortable to sit in and let the other team have possession.

"We were the makers of our own downfall for the first goal. If we get the first one, it applies pressure to them to try and break us down.

“So that was really disappointing, and apart from the opportunity we handed them, we defended well for the rest of the half.”

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