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26 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at Vicarage Road.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his team’s performance against Watford this afternoon, but couldn’t hide his frustration that his side were unable to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road.

Despite putting in an encouraging performance against the Hornets, who were reduced to ten men in the first half, the Seagulls were unable to find their first Premier League goal of the season.

Hughton said, “I’m pleased that we managed to get off the mark but I’m disappointed because I felt it was a game we could have won and should have won.

“Watford showed their quality and what they are; a team with good pace on the counter attack. But we had a lot of good chances and a penalty that should have been given.

“We’ve got to find a way of winning these games. We hit the post twice, and you felt like [the goal] was coming.

"On the balance of play, when you get into the areas that we did today, the delivery could have been a little bit better at times. I thought it was a game that we could have taken all three points.

Albion were denied a penalty in the second half, when referee Graham Scott gave an indirect free-kick for a high foot inside the box, but Hughton felt it should have been a spot kick.

"My first impression was that he caught him. Certainly seeing it again and seeing the blood down Anthony Knockaert's nose, then he certainly has caught him.

“He wasn't sure whether there was contact or not, so if he's not sure then he can't give the penalty.

“So that's the decision that the referee has made, he had to make a spur of the moment decision.

“I could see how the referee has made the decision, but he's definitely caught him and it's a penalty. It’s one that the referee has got wrong.”

Hughton will now turn his attentions to improving his squad before the transfer window closes on Thursday, and the Albion boss is keen to add further quality.

"We are working as hard as we can. It's a very difficult market for teams like ourselves, but I certainly hope we are busy."

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