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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE LEVELS

18 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton on the sideline at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased to see his team’s performance levels rise against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, as they ended a disappointing run of results with a goalless draw at the Amex.

The Seagulls had lost three consecutive games in the Premier League, and Hughton felt his team could have secured all three points against the Clarets, in an improved display on the south coast.

He said, “I wanted a better level of performance because that’s the only thing that gives us a chance of getting points.

“In recent games, that’s dipped, which has been disappointing, but we started well and we needed to.

“It was always going to be a close game, Burnley don’t have too many games that are not close affairs.

“We needed to score a goal in our good period of the game, because for most of the match, I thought we were good value and could have won the game.”

Albion have now drawn five of their last six games at the Amex, and Hughton highlighted the important away victories over West Ham United and Swansea City as balancing factors in the overall picture.

“I’d be more disappointed if we hadn't have got some of the results we’ve had away from home, because that’s levelled things a little bit.

“We have to find a way of winning the games that we can here, and Saturday was one of them. But we’re playing against better opposition and that’s what I have to keep stressing.

“You can see first-hand why they are where they are - they’re very well organised and can go back to front and keep the ball in the final third.”

Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty against Sean Dyche’s team, and although Hughton was disappointed to see the spot-kick go over the crossbar, he continued to back the striker from 12 yards.

“We always know who’s going to take a penalty before the game and it goes up in the changing room. It wouldn’t knock his confidence [missing], it’s just something that happens.

“Glenn’s record has been very good for us, so I don’t think you can [change things]. Anybody who takes penalties is going to miss at some stage.”


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