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HUGHTON SATISFIED WITH TEAM PERFORMANCE

1 August 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was happy with the overall performance of his side in a keenly-contested match against Girona tonight.

Albion played out a competitive goalless draw against the La Liga newcomers, and Hughton says his side can expect plenty of similar games in the Premier League.

He said, “It was a very good work out. I am really pleased because they changed their team at half-time and their side in the second half was probably the stronger one.

“But I thought we were good right the way through to the end. The only disappointment is we didn’t make better use of the good areas we got into, or make enough of them.

“It’s the sort of style that we’re going to come against and we’ll play teams that are going to have a lot more possession than us.

“What we’ve got to be able to do is stick in there, try to keep some clean sheets and put in good enough performances to win games.”

The match saw the Seagulls end the game with ten men following Glenn Murray’s sending off, and Hughton is pleased that his front man will not miss any matches through suspension.

“The first one was a bit of frustration. He booked him for dissent and then he’s gone for the ball in a firm way, but I didn’t see anything wrong with the challenge.

"The referee probably saw a bit of frustration from him, but from what I’ve been told, we’ll be fine because it’s two yellows [not a straight red].

“I didn’t think he’d miss games, if it had been a straight red then I might have thought that, but I am pretty sure that will be the case.”


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