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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND STAM

27 February 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday’s game at the Amex.


CHRIS HUGHTON praised Jamie Murphy for his man-of-the-match performance against Reading at the Amex on Saturday, as the winger doubled Albion’s lead before setting up Anthony Knockaert late on.
 
The Scotsman claimed his second league goal of the season after latching onto a Dale Stephens through-ball, and Hughton felt Murphy’s dribbling qualities were instrumental in Albion’s attacking display.
 
He said: “I thought he was immense today, and it was a fitting goal for his performance. With the way that Reading play, you need to stretch the play when you get the ball.
 
“You know you’re going to have periods that you’ll have to drop deeper, but when you then regain possession, you have to break fast.
 
“When we needed somebody that was going to carry the ball to get us up the pitch, I thought Jamie did that ever so well.”
 
Sam Baldock notched his fourth goal in as many games with a fine finish from Bruno’s lofted pass, and Hughton has been pleased to see the striker add goals to his hard-working playing style.
 
“He’s going through a good phase and that comes from playing regularly. We know what Sam gives us, but at the moment, he’s also getting us goals.
 
“It was a super goal and he had another good opportunity as well. At the moment he’s in a very good place.”

 

JAAP STAM was left feeling frustrated as his players failed to take their opportunities at the Amex, and felt the Seagulls punished his team after being gifted three opportunities to score.

Albion defender Shane Duffy cleared a header from Danny Williams off the line when the score was 1-0, and Stam thought the game could have gone in another direction had the midfielder’s effort gone in.
 
He said, “Danny Williams gets that big chance just after half-time and if he scores, it’s a different game. Roy Beerens had a very good chance too, but his shot was was saved by the goalkeeper.
 
“We created some good chances, and those moments - if you get them against team like this – you have to score them.
 
"But we also created their chances - losing the ball three times and they scored on the counter attack three times.”
 
Stam discussed the competitive nature of life at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship, and touched upon Albion’s commitment to reach the Premier League after going close in recent seasons.
 
“My team have learned a lot, that’s why we’re in the top six. But going to the top and staying there is very difficult.
 
"Brighton have been close for three of four seasons and didn’t make it to the Premier League – but they’ve been building towards it.
 
“It’s very difficult to get a result over here, and against sides like this, you get punished for your mistakes straight away.”

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