The Albion boss was delighted to get a reaction from his players.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased to see his team rediscover their winning touch at Barnsley, and praised Glenn Murray’s work ethic alongside double goalscorer Sam Baldock.
The Seagulls returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a convincing 2-0 victory at Oakwell, and Hughton felt his players recaptured the level of performance he demands.
He said, “That was more like us and that’s how we’ve been for a good part of the season. It’s such a difficult league with the quality of the sides that you’re up against, so it’s tough to hit those levels all the time.
“They were different goals but it all comes from a work ethic. It probably wasn’t his day with regards to scoring goals, but I thought Glenn Murray was excellent.
“He was a real nuisance and won a lot of balls in the air. What you need to do is be able to keep that ball in the final third if you can, and you need two hard-working front players to be able to do that.
“The way that Glenn put himself about enabled Sam that little bit more freedom, and he very much deserved his two goals.”
Albion’s victory ended a run of four successive away games without a win, and Hughton was pleased to get a reaction from his players, who also recorded their 16th clean sheet.
“When things are not going as well as what they have been, you look for a reaction. Every game for us is a challenge, and good sides always find that reaction at some stage.
“We were up against a good side that were in really good form. The pitch was a little bit difficult, a little bit bobbly, and you know that you can get caught on the ball in [dangerous] areas.
“They press very well across that forward line and we needed to make sure we were back to having a good shape. It was always going to be a tough game for us, but we thoroughly deserved the win.”
The Seagulls now lead third-placed Huddersfield Town by seven points, with a number of their promotion rivals not playing this weekend, but Hughton insists his players must focus on their own performances, not the league table.
“Every game seems like a bigger game now because of where we are. We’re ticking off the games and every team that we play seems to be in good form.
“We’ll have to show a lot of what we showed today [against Reading and Newcastle] to make sure we can continue to get good results.”