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HUGHTON DELIGHTED FOR MATCH-WINNER TILLEY

22 August 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised match-winner James Tilley for his contribution against Barnet in the Carabao Cup this evening, as the winger scored his first senior goal in a 1-0 victory for the Seagulls.

The 19-year-old, who made his senior debut under Hughton in 2015, found the back of the net after coming off the bench at half-time, and the Albion boss was pleased for the hard-working product of the club’s academy.

He said, “I’m really delighted for James Tilley, coming on and getting the goal. It’s certainly good for the club and the supporters as well. He’s a lad that’s come through the ranks here, and it’s all about development.

“There were a few scary moments down his flank in the last period, and that’s the other side of the game. He’s got wonderful ability and to reach the top levels that you want to, you’ve got to have that mixture in your game.”

Albion’s League Two opponents provided a stern test for Hughton’s Premier League newcomers, and he commended them on their hard-working performance, but felt his team deserved to go through.

“It was certainly a tough game. We felt that we’d have a lot of possession, but they’re a very organised team, and I know they lost at the weekend, but they’ve started their own season very well.

“Their manager would be pleased with the effort they put in. They came here with a game plan and made it very difficult for us. We had huge possession in the game, but found it very difficult to break them down.

“Once we did [break them down], they had to come out a little bit and they showed what a threat they were.

“We had to defend very well, but we deservedly made it through and I’m looking forward to seeing who we get in the next round.”

A number of Albion’s first-team squad picked up valuable game time against the Bees, including Anthony Knockaert, who is now pushing for a starting berth in Hughton’s starting line-up against Watford on Saturday.

“I’m pleased with the fact that they got 90 minutes. It was a good mixture between the experienced and young players.

“It was always the plan for him [Knockaert] to play 45 minutes and I’m glad that he got that under his belt. It was certainly a good test, because every time he got the ball, they were marking him very tightly.

“We’ve experienced the other side of these games, and we know that if you don't apply yourselves correctly, you can lose. So I’m really pleased to have gone through.”


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