Albion's manager reflected on a vital win for his side.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted his side were not at their best against Blackburn Rovers today, but said the 1-0 victory was all that mattered at this stage of the season.
Albion were made to work hard for all three points against a resilient Blackburn team, with Glenn Murray’s second-half strike proving to the difference in a cagey contest.
He said: “It was a tough win. I thought Blackburn were good, but we knew that and they had a lot of energy in the side. Tony [Mowbray] has certainly got them playing and competing.
“I don’t think we were at our best today, but we were able to raise the performance in the second half and that’s what got us the victory. But there are going to scrappy games at this stage of the season and everyone is going to be fighting for whatever reason. We need to make sure we get the points we need.
“When you don’t play how you would like to and you don’t get the passages of play that you want, then you’ve got to get a result whichever way it comes.
“It starts with making sure you get a clean sheet, and if you do that, we’ve always got something in the side that can get us a goal. It was a little bit like that today.”
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Murray played on for the rest of the game despite receiving a knock to his thigh, and Hughton stressed the importance of keeping Albion’s frontman on the pitch, before giving an injury update on Bruno and Sam Baldock.
“What you have to do is rely on what players tell you. Glenn’s a little bit sore, but was adamant that it wasn’t a problem. When you’re looking to win the game, you want to keep him on the pitch and he is the one who is going to dictate that.
“Bruno had the same problem and it’s very minor. The only fear with Bruno is that if we push him too hard, he’ll be out for a few games. We’re certainly hopeful that he’ll be around for the two games on Tuesday and Friday.
“Sam is another one that is a glute problem, which is a minor one. We’re confident that if he doesn’t make Tuesday then he’ll make Friday. They are minimal ones, but the good news is we’ve got Seb [Pocognoli] and Gaetan [Bong] back in those left-back positions which gives us good cover there.”
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