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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND MOWBRAY

3 April 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON highlighted the tough nature of games in the Sky Bet Championship, but praised his players for staying strong and keeping their nerve against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The Seagulls secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Rovers at the Amex, while Huddersfield Town and Leeds United both lost, and Hughton understands there will be surprise results during the promotion run-in.

He said, “We’re asked continuous questions about nervousness. I think every game you play is tough and you consistently look at the results you get in the Championship and many are surprises.

“You’ve got to be on your game. If you’re not on your game, then you’ve got to be resolute enough to make sure you don’t lose, that was probably a bit of us today.”

Hughton gave credit to Albion’s supporters for their backing at the Amex, and urged them to continue their support over the remaining seven games of the season.

“I thought they were excellent today and our crowd is like any other crowd. You’ve got to be performing at a level and they’ve got to see that the players are having a go.

“That’s what they saw today and even in the periods where we’ve not been at our best, they’ve been brilliant and they’ve been like that all season. We’ll need them to push us in the direction that we want to go.”

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TONY MOWBRAY felt one lapse of concentration cost his players against the Seagulls, but praised his team for their work ethic in a game that he felt could have swung either way.

Glenn Murray scored the only goal of the game in the second half after finding space inside the Rovers box, and Mowbray showed frustration towards Albion’s winning strike.

He said, ”It looked like a 0-0 all over to be honest. Our hope was to nick it 1-0 by scoring from a set-play or one chance to make them anxious.

"It looked to me like it was difficult for both sides to score. Their defence is pretty solid and they have good players in their team, and yet one lapse of concentration makes it frustrating.

"You have to stick with your men in the box, you have to track someone like Murray who is always on the move in the box and it cost us.”

"We were good behind the ball apart from the goal we lost. We showed a fantastic work ethic from the whole team yet ultimately we didn't quite have that magic.

"We competed very well against a team that's second in the league, there wasn't a big gulf in class, it was a tight match that we could have easily have won 1-0."

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