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2 January 2017

Albion's manager was delighted with the performance from his centre-back.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton hailed another tremendous performance from Lewis Dunk in the side’s 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage today.

The centre-back produced another commanding display alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of Albion’s defence, as the Seagulls survived a late siege from the Cottagers to claim all three points.

He said, “It wasn’t just about today, he’s been excellent for us all season and we all need him to continue playing like that.

“He’s got a very good partnership with Shane Duffy and we’ve got two centre-halves that are really pushing to get into this side as well. I thought he was very good today.”

Hughton also praised referee Stuart Attwell for his all-round management for the game, and his decision to play an advantage shortly before awarding Albion a penalty in the second half.

“There were a few contentious decisions in the game. This was a tougher game to referee, with a lot of calls and a lot of tough decisions.

“How many he’s got right, I don’t know because I’ve not seen any of them again, but I would applaud him on the penalty [for Brighton].

“I think the initial challenge outside box was a foul - and we were appealing for a free kick - but the ref allowed the play to go on because we were in possession.”

The Albion manager was delighted his side showed determination in the face of a setback, after recovering from a goal down to claim all three points again.

“We’ve certainly showed we can do that, as we did at Birmingham.

“I thought in that first half we needed to keep the ball better, because they were good and in the periods where we had the ball, we needed to take the pressure off a bit and we didn’t.

“But we are able to turn things around at the moment in what is a very competitive league.”

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