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HUGHTON APPLAUDS CLOUGH'S BURTON WORK

11 February 2017

The Albion boss gave credit to today's visiting manager.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager praised the work which Burton Albion counterpart Nigel Clough has done at the club and has been impressed by the Brewers' progress in their first-ever season in the Championship.
 
The Brewers visit the Amex for their first time this afternoon and Hughton paid tribute to Clough, who rejected a move to Nottingham Forest, for his achievements at the club.
 
He said: “He’s a manager that I know reasonably well and I think he’s done an outstanding job there. They don’t give anybody an easy game, most of the ones they’ve lost this season have been tight games.
 
“It was wonderful for Burton [turning down move], their board of directors and the supporters, but on any decisions that way, only Nigel would know the reasons why.
 
“There’s obviously a big enough draw at the club to keep him there. He’s done a brilliant job and it’s his second time there, so the club will certainly benefit from it.”
 
Hughton also praised the resilience that his players have shown in recent weeks, epitomised by their dramatic 3-3 draw away at Brentford last Sunday, secured after Tomer Hemed's 97th-minute equaliser.
 
"The biggest thing is their real desire to win football matches. We all know about the disappointment of last year, but it was also about the experiences of last year.
 
“Knowing what it takes to win a football match and how difficult this league is, if you’re not playing at a certain level, it’s impossible to be near the top of the division.
 
“It’s a combination of a few things, but this is a very difficult league to play in and the players are very aware of that.”

Central defender Lewis Dunk will return for the visit of Burton Albion today, after serving his one-game suspension at Griffin Park, and Hughton highlighted the key attributes that the 25-year-old has to offer.  

“With Dunky [Lewis Dunk], it’s about finding that balance. You definitely don't want to take away that competitive nature that he’s got, because he’s a player that wants to win.
 
“He can get frustrated if things aren’t going his way and the team’s way, but they’re good qualities and he shows them every day, even in training.
 
“It’s about that balance and experience. He’s definitely been better this season than last season and the season before, so he’s a player that’s getting better with experience and showing more maturity in aspects of his game.
 
"He’s had a very consistent season, so there are far more plusses than negatives, but in that position now, we need him on the football pitch for as many minutes as possible.”

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