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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND ZENGA

19 October 2016

The two managers reflect on Tuesday night's match.




CHRIS HUGHTON was pleased with Brighton & Hove Albion’s performance in the 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers last night, but admits a tense final few minutes of the game could have been avoided.

The Seagulls boss praised the strength of Tuesday night’s opponents, and spoke of the consequences involved when not extending the scoreline.

He said, “They were 1-0 down and throwing nine players into the box for corners, that’s what happens when you don't kill off games.

“But we were up against a good side and I think they’ll do well this season, they’ve got a lot of power and pace, and they’re able to make a lot of changes in the team.

“Unless you get the perfect performance, there’s always something we could look at and want to do better.

“Our ball retention was very good; they’re a team that pressed very well, but we still created good opportunities in and around the box.

“We could have made the game more comfortable for ourselves, but on a night and performance like this, I don’t think I can be too disappointed.”

Hughton expressing his delight at the overall contribution Anthony Knockaert offers the team, and applauded the Frenchman for undertaking his defensive duties.

“He’s [Anthony Knockaert] certainly a crowd favourite, but he works for the team as well and that’s the most important thing.

“He’s been involved in goals and assists for us this season, but he’s prepared to work both ways and that’s very important for us.”

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WALTER ZENGA felt his team were hard done by in last night’s 1-0 loss at the Amex, and accepted Albion’s winning goal was a moment of quality.

The Wolves boss was frustrated that his team couldn’t overturn the early deficit against the Seagulls, but thought the performances from both teams were of a high standard.

He said, ”I think it was a difficult game for both teams, but we both played well. In the end it was hard luck that we couldn’t score, but we showed that we can play at this level with no problem.

“I don’t like to say that we had bad luck but I think it’s clear for everybody that, in the end, we could have scored and could have drawn the game.
 
“Conceding goals in football always exists. You cannot only blame yourself but you have to take into consideration that the other players make a good action, a good performance.

“Sometimes you have to recognise that the other team scored a good goal. This is the sport, you have to accept it.

Zenga thought his team had some good opportunities to restore parity, and despite their failure to score, the Italian boss was pleased with the way they finished the game.

"There was the chance at the start of the second half with Bodvarsson and the great chance with Costa, but of course they also had chances because they are a good team.

“We had some situations in the box that didn’t favourite us. It doesn’t matter if the chances come in the first five minutes and the last five minutes.

“In the last part of the game, we played as a team, as we wanted to but we couldn’t get a result."

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