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HUGHTON: WE MUST LEARN FROM NAIVE DEFEAT

2 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his team showed naivety in their 5-1 defeat to Liverpool at the Amex this afternoon, and highlighted the importance of getting a reaction from his players next time out.

The visitors showed their devastating ability in the attacking third as the Seagulls fell to their biggest defeat of the season, and Hughton admitted his team didn’t reach the levels needed to deal with Jurgen Klopp’s impressive side.

He said, “We’ll certainly need to bounce back from this one. It’s been a tough week and maybe that showed a little bit in the performance today.

“It was very tough and what we always knew was that against this level of team - if you don’t play to the levels that we have been playing, then it can happen.

“We’re still in the game on 30 minutes - they’ve got quality and we know that - but we conceded from a set-play and a minute later they get their second one.

“We had arguably one of the best two chances of the game through Glenn Murray - he misses the chance which can happen - and then 30 seconds later they got their third goal.

“They’re the disappointing facts - we were too naive today and we haven’t been like that against anybody. We’ve certainly had a lesson today and we need to learn from it.”

Hughton gave Liverpool credit for their attacking prowess, and the Albion boss urged his players to learn from their disappointing defeat before next Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town.

“It wasn’t something that we didn’t know [Liverpool’s counter-attacking quality]. Up with Manchester City - they are offensively the best teams in the division.

“They’ve got similar pace to what Manchester City have got and that’s the hardest thing to deal with.

“We’re still learning and coming to terms with the division, and occasionally we’re going to get days like this one.

“They’ll certainly learn - we’ve been good so far this season and this was arguably our toughest test. We fell short at home today, but what’s more important is how we bounce back from it.”


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