Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the club’s fans for the magnificent atmosphere generated inside the stadium in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.
A record Amex attendance of 30,415 fans were present to watch Albion take on City, and Hughton highlighted the overall significance of the match.
He said, “The fans were exceptional and this was a day for the club. It has had a difficult history, and there are a lot of supporters that weren’t able to come here a few years ago because of where this club was playing.
“Six years ago, we were playing in front of 6,000 in a full stadium to what we saw here. The present day chairman and the help of those before him, has provided the city with this wonderful stadium and we’ve got to make sure we get the best use out of it.
“It was very much a club day, but that’s then and now we need to make sure we get the results we need.”
Hughton then reflected on the game as a whole and felt the game plan was executed well, after keeping City at bay for 70 minutes.
“Overall I was certainly pleased with the game plan. We won’t be against that type of opposition every week and particularly here [at the Amex], we will want more and expect more from our team.
“It was always going to be difficult and I knew the chances would be minimal. But we managed a few and on another day – certainly against lesser opposition – you hope you’re successful.
“They pressed with high energy and they’ve bought really good legs. Look at the three full-backs they’ve brought in – strong, quick, real athletic players."
“Somebody did tell me [that Man City’s bench cost more than the stadium] and when you put it that way it sounds incredibly strange, but if I was in his shoes I’d be doing exactly the same.”