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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING WIN

11 February 2017

Albion's manager reflected on a comfortable victory for his side.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased that his players rediscovered that winning feeling against Burton Albion today, and believes the 4-1 victory will be a confidence booster for the team.

The Seagulls had been without a win in three games before the visit of the Brewers, and Hughton expressed his delight at Albion’s convincing performance and felt the timing of their first two goals was important.

He said, “I’m delighted with the result as it was an opportunity for us to bounce back after a loss and draw in our last two league games. For the confidence of the group, it was great to get back to winning ways.

“We scored early, and at that stage, we thought we may have been able to capitalise a little bit more. We certainly threatened more than a very resilient Burton side.

“I think the timing of both goals [was important]. The first goal, which was early in the game, and then the second one was early in the second half, so that helped us.

“I was disappointed with the goal that we conceded, because a threat that they might have had would have been from set plays. But it was good to on from there and it looked like we could have got more.”

Three of Albion’s four strikers got their names on the scoresheet, with Tomer Hemed (2) and Sam Baldock scoring before Glenn Murray’s late header after coming off the bench, and Hughton is happy with the healthy competition up top.

“That’s always good for the morale in amongst the group of strikers that we have. We’ll certainly need that going into the future games that we have.

“All decisions I have to make are big decisions. Tomer is in form at the moment and has been scoring goals. Glenn coming on and scoring, what that does show is that you don’t have to start a game to get on the scoresheet.

“Sometimes as the game opens up, you can get more opportunities. Tomer, perhaps, would have thought that in the game away at Brentford, where he scored a goal once the game had opened up.

“As a striker, you want to start every game, of course you do, but if you’re coming on at a time when the game has opened up, sometimes you can capitalise more and Glenn did that today.”

Baldock returned to the starting line-up after a spell on the sidelines through injury, and Hughton showed his satisfaction at having the hard-working striker available for selection again.

“We’ve certainly missed him in the period of time that he’s been out, but I would say that about any of the strikers that we’ve got.

“What he does give us is something different to what we already have, and if you look at what we have in Glenn and Tomer, Sam’s obviously different.

“He’s somebody that’s going to run in behind with a little bit more pace. He’s a bigger runner and perhaps with the introduction of Chuba [Akpom], we’ve now got a little bit more of that.”

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