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9 April 2017

The two managers reflect on Friday night's game.

CHRIS HUGHTON highlighted a successful week in the promotion race for his players, as the Seagulls overcame Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road to record their 26th victory of the season.

The Seagulls added to their back-to-back home victories over Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, and Hughton praised his team for taking advantage in their Friday night fixture.

He said, “It’s our third win in six days, nine points, and that’s a tremendous achievement at this stage of the season.

“It’s always nice to play on a Friday night when you win, but not so good when you don’t win. But we’re all in the same position.

“You play a game, want to get the result and hopefully get it, but then the next thing you do is look at the other results to see which ones have gone your way.

“It’s certainly more comfortable playing on a Friday when you’ve won, and we’ve certainly put ourselves in a good position.”

Hughton commented on the positive atmosphere at the club, but after returning to the top of the Sky Bet Championship and moving one step closer to promotion, the Albion boss insisted there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“There’s a lovely feel at the club, and it’s one that’s grown and developed. There’s an owner that has given us a magnificent stadium and training facility to work in.

“Of course, the main objective this season is to try, in which every way, to get promotion. It would mean everything to everybody if we’re able to do that, but we can’t start thinking that way.

IAN HOLLOWAY was disappointed with his side's defending for Glenn Murray’s opening goal at Loftus Road, but hailed Sebastien Pocognoli for his spectacular free-kick that doubled Albion’s lead.

Murray beat the offside trap and finished past QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies from Tomer Hemed’s through-ball, and Holloway felt his players could have handled the situation in a better fashion.
He said, “Their first goal was poor from our point of view. We didn’t communicate well enough to each other and then we tried to play offside, which is the easy way out.

“I can understand why we tried to do that, but for me, you’ve got to try and get there. It was a really sickening goal. But their free kick was world class. You have to give them credit.
“Brighton are a really good team, but having gone 2-0 down, we came strong late on and I thought our subs made a big difference.”

Despite falling short of an equalising goal after Matt Smith pulled one back for the hosts, Holloway gave credit to his team for their endeavour, and backed his players to end their losing run.

“I think the QPR crowd will go away knowing we had a good go. We possibly deserved a point and I thought they found it very difficult to cope with us, which is encouraging.

“But that's three defeats in a row and it hurts like mad. I don't like this feeling, but I'll take the positives and we'll go into the Easter fixtures in confident mood, because that's what we're like as a group.”

“We’ve still got five very tough games, and we’ll need to be as good and as concentrated as what we were this evening, in order to get results in these other games.”

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