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HUGHTON: WE DIDN'T HELP OURSELVES

19 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted Leicester City were deserved winners at the King Power Stadium today, and felt the timing of both goals were critical in his team’s 2-0 defeat.

The Seagulls were chasing the game from the opening minute, when Shinji Okazaki broke the deadlock for the hosts, and Hughton believes his team were made to pay for conceding at important times of the match.

He said, “We didn’t [help ourselves today] on the back of a very tough game against Manchester City and the work we’ve done all week. We needed to feel ourselves into the game.

“They were better than us today, but never really carved us open. The longer I felt we could stay in the game, then we might have that opportunity.

“But the timing of the two goals were very detrimental to our play, especially the first one.”

Hughton touched upon Leicester’s experience in the top flight, and felt it showed as the Foxes kept hold of possession and prevented Albion from finding their rhythm.

“We’ve got to keep possession better. We are a side that can get into shape and make it hard for the opposition, as we did last week.

“If I look at the difference between the two teams, it shows their quality, their know-how and where they’ve been for the last few seasons.

“They’re not a side that really opened us up; they didn’t have great chances. But in the areas where they needed to keep possession, they were that little bit sharper and that’s what we need to learn.”

Harry Maguire doubled the lead for the hosts at the start of the second half, as he headed home from a corner, and Hughton highlighted the need for his team to be stronger at defending set pieces.

“We can’t be the type of team that concedes goals from set-plays. We know it’s going to be a tough season, we know we are going to need everything that we can get, but certainly at 1-0, we’re still in the game.

“We need to make sure that our responsibility on set-plays is better. That can keep us in the game.

“It’s a learning curve for us and we’ve had two tough games; one against a very big team at home, and against a very good side away from home, but we’ll certainly need to be better in the next game.”


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