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HUGHTON DELIGHTED WITH ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE

14 April 2017

The Albion manager reflected on a professional performance against Wolves.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted that his team were able to build on their fine defensive performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they moved one step closer to promotion with a 2-0 victory at Molineux today.

Anthony Knockaert scored either side of half-time to seal all three points for the Sky Bet Championship leaders, and Hughton felt his players defended well to give themselves a platform for success.

He said, “It was a good defensive display from the team, but we also got two goals and it could have been more, certainly on the counter attack.

“It was that type of game, where we had to defend well, and that gave us the opportunity to go and win it.

“They made it difficult for us over the whole 90 minutes. They’re a good side that play the game at a very high tempo.

“We needed Stocko [David Stockdale] to make a couple of good saves and needed our defenders to defend very well.

“We’ve made a habit of staying in games when we’re under a little bit of pressure, and we always know that we’ve got quality in the side that can produce something.”

Knockaert opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time for the Seagulls, before adding a second goal late on, and Hughton highlighted the important timing of the Frenchman’s match-winning strikes.

“It was massive [first goal]. It’s the time of the game that affects the team that scores it and also the team that concedes it.

“It meant they had to open up their game even more, and that was the case as the game went on. That’s why we ended up having so many chances at the end.

“It took a little bit of weight off [second half], because at that stage they were pushing hard, and sometimes in this type of game the equaliser comes.

“But It’s nothing different from what we’ve seen from Anthony all season. If you give him that space and time, then he can produce.”

Albion’s shut-out at Molineux was their 21st clean sheet of the season, and Hughton gave credit to his entire team for their collective effort from front to back.

“It’s been the basis of what we’ve been able to achieve so far this season, but that’s not just down to a goalkeeper and a back four.

“It’s about players defending from the front, with Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray dropping back in.

“It’s wonderful for them [defenders], in the exact same way we score goals and the forward players get the credit.”


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