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HUGHTON PRAISES ALBION'S DETERMINATION

5 February 2017

Albion's manager was pleased with the character shown by his side.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the sheer determination and resilience shown by his side in the dramatic 3-3 draw with Brentford today.
 
Goals from Solly March and Shane Duffy wiped out Brentford’s 2-0 lead before Konstantin Kerschbaumer put Brentford 3-2 in front in stoppage time. Tomer Hemed then scored with a last-gasp header to ensure the Seagulls left Griffin Park with a point.
 
Hughton said, “At half-time, at 2-0 down, if you’d asked me if I’d be happy with a draw then I’d have said yes. I didn’t see the second-half panning out as it did, but we did great to get back into the game, in front of our supporters at that end of the ground, and it was well deserved.
 
“The negative is that we’ve conceded three goals again today, but the positive is that we’ve shown great character, on the front foot, and at 2-2 we looked like the side was going to go on and win the game.
 
“It was a massive blow when they went up the other end and took the lead again, but to come back from that showed great character and great quality.

Hughton admitted he was left frustrated to go 2-0 down, and highlighted the overall quality within the Sky Bet Championship.

“There are moments in the game where you feel like you’re not going to get back into it; but at 2-0 they hadn’t had any real goalscoring opportunities – it was two poor goals conceded from our point of view – so it felt a little bit unjust to be two goals down.
 
“You know here, with the form Brentford are in and with the result they had in the week, that it was going to be a tough one, so we are happy with the point.
 
“It shows the quality in this division and how competitive this league is. I continually say that if you don’t turn up, you can lose against anybody, and the results always show that.
 
“Whenever we have a fixture and you look at the other ones, you know that some will go for you, some will go against you. You’ve got to be in as many games as possible to try and get a result.”

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