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16 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised goalkeeper Mathew Ryan for making an important second-half stop from Chris Wood, but insisted his team should have been in front after a positive but goalless display against Burnley.

The Seagulls were unable to find a breakthrough at the Amex and relied on their Australian shot-stopper to make a fine stop after the break, and Hughton expressed his frustration at not taking advantage of chances in the game.

He said, “We were reliant on Maty [Ryan] making a really good save in the second half, but it shouldn’t have got to that stage.

“In our better period of the game, we had the penalty which certainly was a penalty, good opportunities and on the balance of play, I thought we were far better.

“We looked more likely to score and certainly in those periods, that’s when you have to score - because if you give a team like Burnley encouragement, they can capitalise on it."

Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty after going down under James Tarkowski’s challenge, but Hughton felt his team deserved another opportunity from the penalty spot, as the Burnley defender interacted with the Albion striker again.

“You’ve got two competitive players and we all want to see that. There’s going to be that physicality between the two of them, but the things that matter are the major incidents.

“They were the penalty that was given and the penalty that should have been given, when Tarkowski elbowed Glenn in the ribs.

“Glenn generally doesn't go down and stay down - and certainly from where we were at the time and after seeing it again, we thought it was a penalty.

“The referee would then have to make a decision on whether it’s a red card or not.”

Albion ended their three-game losing run in the Premier League, and Hughton highlighted the quality of today’s opponents before looking ahead to next weekend’s game against Watford at the Amex.

“Burnley at this minute are probably in as good a form as they’ve ever been in. They gave us a tough test today, but I thought we were the better team over 90 minutes and looked like the team more likely to win it.

“We have to be encouraged by those things and we’ve got another home game as our next game, and we’ll need to capitalise on that.”

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