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HUGHTON: WE DIDN'T TURN UP

2 February 2017

Albion's manager felt his side did not deserve anything from the game.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted his side were well off the pace following their 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town tonight.
 
The Seagulls conceded three first-half goals and had Lewis Dunk sent off in the second 45 minutes on a night to forget at the John Smith’s Stadium.
 
He said: “We lost against by far the better side. We never turned up or played well enough – and you can’t get away with what we tried to get away with tonight.
 
“We got ourselves back in the game at 1-1, albeit we were fortunate to do so as they were the better side up until that point, but then you’ve got to have that period of stability where you can then grow into a game and we never did.
 
“In fact it started from the kick-off when Bruno ends up getting booked; they then had opportunities and we never settled into any sort of pattern.
 
“I can certainly have no complaints, but every team is going to have days like this where for whatever reason, they are not at the races.”

While Hughton felt there was an element of offside to Huddersfield’s opening goal and Dunk was harsh to receive a second yellow card, he refused to use the decisions as an excuse for the defeat.

“I think he is in an offside position and there is no doubt he is in front of the goalkeeper. With regards to the sending off, I think Dunky gets the ball but of course he’s on a yellow card and gives the referee a decision to make.
 
“They’re the two big decisions but I certainly don’t want to make that an excuse for our performance, because it was a performance that didn’t warrant us getting anything out of the game.”
 
Dale Stephens was missing from the Albion midfield tonight and he has been absent in all four league games Brighton have lost this season, but Hughton also refused to use that as an excuse.
 
“At a time like this it’s obvious we have [missed Dale] but we shouldn’t have. The players who played today have played regularly, and have played in a lot of winning games this season.

"One of our best away performances was at Sheffield Wednesday and Dale didn’t play in that game. so we had a good enough side out there today to have performed much better than we did.
 
“In this division there are too many good teams that if you don’t play at a level, you can get beat. It’s something I’ve been consistently saying. We were so far off the level today, against a team that’s expansive, with a lot of pace and who work the spaces really well. We’re going to have to be a lot better at Brentford on Sunday than we were today.”

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