Albion's manager felt his side had to bide their time tonight.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised the patience shown by his players in their narrow 1-0 victory over Cardiff City at the Amex this evening.
The Seagulls had to work hard to break the deadlock and finally found a breakthrough in the 73rd minute through Tomer Hemed, and Hughton was pleased to see the Israeli striker produce a moment of quality.
He said, “We had to be very patient and look for those opportunities; there weren’t many, and we had to make sure we defended well when they had their good periods.
“It was one of those games that could have ended up 0-0, we certainly got into better areas and had better possession, but they defended very well.
“They had a lot of free kicks into the box, but we were just looking for that one moment of creativity and fortunately we got it.
“I was delighted for him [Tomer Hemed], he’s looked very sharp in training for quite some time now, so I’m pleased for him and we needed him today.”
Albion dominated possession against the Bluebirds, and Hughton accepted his players had to grind down their stubborn opponents and search for an opening.
“We were up against a very resilient Cardiff side that battled hard and probably for a lot of the game, played 4-5-1 and made it very difficult for us.
“It’s part and parcel of the game, and probably after we scored, they were a little bit frustrated by us trying to slow the game down.
“Yes, you do get frustrated, but it’s about trying to keep possession as much as you can and not giving the opposition any encouragement to get the balls into the areas that they want to.
“These are very tough games, and we were up against another good side, but we found a way and I thought it was an excellent finish.”
Albion climbed above Newcastle United into first position in the Sky Bet Championship, as well as moving 11 points clear of third-placed Reading, and Hughton highlighted the importance of remaining focused during a busy period of the season.
“We’re going into a period where there’s a lot of games, a lot of midweek games, and we know a bad week can be the difference between nine points, six points or no points.
“We know that there’s some real quality behind us at the moment that are really pushing, and it's days like today that hit home that you can’t afford to have a bad day, because anyone can beat you.
“But it’s a nice feeling at the moment and we look forward to the FA Cup on Saturday [v Lincoln].”