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HUGHTON REFLECTS ON A COMMANDING DISPLAY

25 February 2017

The manager looked back on a clinical victory.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his players for their professionalism in tonight’s commanding 3-0 victory over promotion-chasing Reading at the Amex.

The Albion boss was delighted with his team’s defensive display and felt they showed the quality needed in front of goal to secure all three points, as the Seagulls returned to top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.

He said, “We’re on the back of a really professional performance tonight. We were against a really good, expansive side that keep possession very well.

“You have to defend well against them and I thought we did. We limited them to minimal chances. You then hope you get the breaks and we certainly got them.

“We needed a good save from David Stockdale in the first half to keep us well in the game, but we broke very well and we were well worth our win.

“The gap between ourselves and third place is back at six points, and that’s probably the most important position that we can be in.”

Hughton felt his team showed excellent game management and took their chances well against strong opposition, as goals from Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert added to Sam Baldock’s first-half opener.

“When you’re playing against the likes of Reading and Huddersfield, you do have to do more work because they’re different to the average side in this division, because of the way they play.

“It’s very difficult to press in all areas, they’re very expansive and have good quality on the ball. If you can stay solid enough, then I think you give yourself an opportunity.

“They can hurt you, and the longer the game stays at 0-0, you know you’ll get chances but you have to capitalise on them, and tonight we did.”

Shane Duffy was on hand to clear a Danny Williams header off the line when Albion had a slender 1-0 lead, and Hughton praised the defender for his crucial contribution in keeping their clean sheet intact.

“It’s a pivotal moment because if they had of got that one, they’d have been back in the game and wouldn’t have needed to keep pushing.

“Them pushing to get back into the game allowed us to get the second and third goals, so it was certainly a very important moment.”

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