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13 February 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.

CHRIS HUGHTON was pleased for striker Sam Baldock, who scored his 100th career goal against Burton Albion, and highlighted how important his hard-working role is within the team.

The 27-year-old returned to the side after missing six games due to a calf injury, and Hughton heaped praise on the forward, who extended his goal tally to eight this season.

He said, ”I'm really delighted for him. It's been frustrating for him. but he’s been a big player in the team and any landmark you get to in your career is always significant.

“We know what he brings to the team. We more or less play a 4-4-2 and there aren't many who will do that, certainly not in the top division.

“If you are going to play two upfront, you need a real good work ethic and that's what Sam brings.”

Hughton opted to start with Tomer Hemed, who scored a brace agains the Brewers, over top goalscorer Glenn Murray at the Amex on Saturday, and the Albion boss explained his reasoning behind that decision.

"Tomer was in there on merit because he's scored goals, and he's looked sharp.

"Glenn's contribution at Brentford was very good, he worked hard and sometimes it's never any harm leaving them out.

“It can refresh them and give them a chance to come on and make an impact. They are our two top goalscorers and we'll need them to keep on scoring."


NIGEL CLOUGH was left frustrated by his side's frustrating start to the game in Burton's 4-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.

Michael Kightly found the top corner with a free kick to make it 3-1 in the 75th minute, but Clough believes the damage had already been done before their late fightback.

He said, ”We're very disappointed with the first half of the game, but I thought we started playing when we went 3-0 down.

"The two goals after half-time really killed us off. We were saying 'let's keep it tight for 15 minutes and keep it at 1-0', and all of a sudden we're 3-0 down after 50-odd minutes.

"But I thought for 20 minutes or half-an-hour after that, we played very well indeed. We got the goal back, could've had another one, easily, and then you never know from there."

Clough praised the Seagulls for their quality at both ends of the pitch, and felt the class between the sides was evident at certain stages of the game.

“I thought in general play, between the penalty areas, we've got some good players, but they've got some better ones.

"It was really the defending and their attacking in the final third. We're disappointed with the goals we conceded today.

"I think the fourth one is a cracking cross and header, there's not too much you can do about that. The gulf in the quality showed up at times."

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