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HUGHTON CALLS FOR A REACTION

14 January 2017

Albion's manager urged his side to bounce back quickly.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton tonight called for a reaction from his players in the coming days, after he saw his side lose for only the third time this season, going down 2-0 at Preston North End.

Goals from Paul Huntington and Callum Robinson, either side of half-time, did the damage, as Albion's miserable record of never winning at Deepdale continued, and Hughton had no complaints about the defeat.

He said, "One of the few things I have said to the players is that we need to make sure that this result doesn't do us any harm. We have a chance to regroup and certainly if I look at our form, when it has been up and down we have generally shown that we have enough quality to get through that.

"It was really disappointing today, but there are so many tough games in this division. We need to hang in there and be better than we were today. They're a very good side, but so too are our next opposition, so we'll need to raise our game. We're back at home and it's a game that we need to make sure we look forward to."

Hughton felt Albion conceded two poor goals, and then found it tough to breakdown their hosts, adding, "On the day they were the better side. Normally when we don't start so well we can feel our way into the game and get a bit of a grip, but we never did that.

"We needed to make it 1-1 but even at 2-0 we put a lot of pressure on and they had to defend very well, and they did all game and limited us to minimal chances. With the form we're in, I would have liked us to have put a bit more pressure on their goalkeeper.

"When we analyse both goals, they were very poor goals we conceded, particularly the first one. Generally we've been good at that and it's a strength of theirs, and we should’ve known that, so we can have no complaints."

Albion were without Lewis Dunk, who served the second game of his two-game suspension, Dale Stephens, due to illness and Gaetan Bong, who missed out due to injury. However, Hughton expects to have all three available for the game with Sheffield Wednesday next Friday, along with Sebastien Pocognoli.

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