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20 February 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday's game.

CHRIS HUGHTON felt Brighton & Hove Albion got back to basics following their 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Saturday.

Sam Baldock’s brace after half-time secured the win over the Tykes, and the Albion manager praised his side’s defensive performance.

He said: “I thought we played well against a side that were in really good form, and you can see why.

“We had to get back to what we do best, which was to keep the game as tight as we can and show our quality when needed. That’s how the game panned out.

“The challenge was just as big as the Huddersfield game. They were on the back of two very good results. I watched their game at Reading and they probably should’ve won there with the chances they had.

“We’ve probably not been as good away from home in this period and that’s how this league is with so many tough games. It’s so difficult to keep those levels high right the way through and you’re going to have dips.”

The Albion manager also praised the performance of his forward players against a resolute Barnsley defence, and highlighted the excellent job that Paul Heckingbottom has done at Oakwell.

“I’d say there were some excellent performances, and the front two worked very hard.

“When you’re up against two centre-halves that are very good in the air, you need someone who’s going to put them under pressure. I thought it was a really good all-round team performance.

“Considering the players that he’s lost in January and more so in the summer, I think he’s [Heckingbottom] done an outstanding job.

“This is a tough place to visit and what they have shown is that they can win games on the road as well.”


PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM was left frustrated following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton, and felt they were undone by some ruthless finishing.

The Tykes manager believes the team more than matched their table-topping opponents, but admits the quality in the Albion side proved to be the difference on the day.

He said: "It was a very even game, but one that showed why Brighton are at the top of the league. They were clinical at one end and really tight and stringent at the other, they didn't give us anything.

“The first goal is a kind of half-chance really, a great finish, but before that I thought we'd had the better of the game.

"We spoke before the game about how Brighton are relatively comfortable winning games in any way and they won't have been fazed by us playing well in the first-half, being on top and dominating possession.
“They'd have gladly let that happen for 80, 90 minutes and won 1-0. But at any moment they have got that ability in the side, players in their side who can take these half-chances and make them count."

Barnsley’s focus is now on next Saturday’s Yorkshire derby with high-flying Huddersfield Town at Oakwell, and Heckingbottom says it’s vital his side learn the lessons from Saturday’s defeat going into the game.
"We can't just accept that we're playing a side at the top with good players so we're going to get beaten. We have to learn the little details, and we'll be doing that next week, because we want to get to that stage where we're beating these teams and we've got the best players.
“But we'll work hard at that next week, we've a big Yorkshire Derby to look forward to and I hope for an electric atmosphere and a great game, which it should be, as it's against another very good team."

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