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9 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was left disappointed at the nature of Huddersfield Town's two goals, after this afternoon's 2-0 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium.

A first-half brace from Steven Mounie was the difference on a frustrating afternoon for the Seagulls, and the manager pointed to the double as being the biggest downside to his team's showing in Yorkshire.

He said, "We're disappointed with the goals that we've given away today and we certainly weren't at our best."

"We improved in the second half, but by that point we were catching up a bit - we capitalised on some space that appeared but when you come away from home in this division and find yourself two goals down, it's always difficult to come back.

"The biggest disappointment for me is the first goal because it's the same as the first against Liverpool last weekend - it's something we've spoken about, so that's probably the biggest disappointment from my point of view."

The Seagulls couldn't find the net depsite their improved second-half showing, but the boss insisted that his greater concern was the overriding disappointment at the nature of the goals in the first period.

"We need to start finding the back of the net again ,but at the moment the bigger concern for me at the moment is the way we've conceded the goals today.

"Goals are tough to get in this division and sometimes it's tight but if we concede in the manner in which we did today then we will always find it difficult."

Ezequiel Schelotto and Markus Suttner came into the side for Gaeten Bong and Anthony Knockaert, and the manager explained his thinking behid the two changes in Yorkshire.

"We knew how they play and we wanted to be a bit more secure and also keep the quality in our side.

"Ezequiel is a runner who can get up and down and Izzy was good against Liverpool. But the team as a whole need to improve.

"The challenge now is to improve on Wednesday evening, and everyone's pushing for results. I never thought for one moment that we wouldn't have tough periods and we must react now."

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