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HUGHTON REFLECTS ON A FRUSTRATING NIGHT

14 February 2017

Albion's manager looked back on tonight's draw.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the endeavour shown by the players, but was left frustrated that his side weren’t able to overcome a stubborn Ipswich Town side, who held on for a 1-1 draw at the Amex.

Tomer Hemed scored from the penalty spot to cancel out an early opener from Luke Chambers, and Hughton thought more quality was needed from his side, despite their late barrage of pressure at the Amex.

He said: “There isn’t going to be any team in this division that comes here and allows us to play the type of football that we would like.

“Mick’s [McCarthy] teams are always hard-working. We didn’t do ourselves any favours by conceding when we did, and that gave a good Ipswich side a fair bit to hold onto.

“We got back into the game, and deservedly so, but our level of performance needed to be better to open up a team that came with a formation that was going to frustrate us.

“We’re at home and the onus is on us, always, to push for a win. Probably the frustrating thing is that we looked like a side that was going to win it, especially in the last 25 minutes.”

Hughton praised the impact of both Jamie Murphy and Glenn Murray from the bench, but was disappointed to ultimately fall short on the night.

"I thought he [Jamie] was bright when he came on, and I also thought Solly [March] was bright in patches when he was on. Jamie was dynamic and that’s what he has been.

“Glenn had a very good chance which, from where I was, I thought was in. Chuba [Akpom] made an impact when he came on and also had a good half-chance.

“That’s what you’re looking for, your substitutes to make an impact and I think they did, but unfortunately for us, it wasn’t enough.”

The Seagulls have only tasted victory once in their last four league games, but Hughton gave a reminder of Albion’s position in the Sky Bet Championship and urged his players to show their fighting spirit.

“We’ve got a very good changing room and there isn’t anybody that wouldn’t have been through period like this, but what we still have to remember is that, at this moment, we’re second in the division.

“We must not get too carried away and this is a difficult a period. You go through these in a season and it’s about how you come through them.

“At this moment, league wise, we’re still in a very good position and we’ll have to work hard to make sure we stay there.”

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