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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND NEILSON

9 January 2017

The two managers reflect on Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie.


CHRIS HUGHTON was delighted with the performances of Rob Hunt and Sam Adekugbe, as the pair contributed towards a clean sheet in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-0 victory over MK Dons.

The Albion boss was pleased to call upon the young full-backs, and showed his satisfaction towards his team’s ability to extend their unbeaten run, after making 11 changes to the side.

He said, “The two young full-backs both did very well. Rob Hunt has trained with the first team more than Sam [Adekugbe], but I thought they both put in good 90-minute performances.

“It’s an opportunity for first-team football. We’ve got a lot of competition in the squad at the moment, but it’s also about that little bit of continuity.

“We look at this result in the exactly same way as we looked at the result last week and the week before, it’s another game where we’ve managed to win and it keeps our run going.

“We know the run isn’t the most important thing, but it keeps that level of confidence within the group of players.

Hughton admitted that a fourth round tie at the Amex would be his preference, but showed understanding to the wishes of the club’s supporters.

“At this stage, you think most about the team and what the supporters would like. We want to make progress in this competition and I’m sure we’ll be happy with whoever we get.

“I know what the supporters would like, one of the big Premier League clubs and I can very much understand that, but the priority would be getting a home tie.”

 

ROBBIE NEILSON was satisfied with areas of his team’s performance, despite losing 2-0 against the Seagulls at the Amex on Saturday afternoon.

The Dons boss believed his team enjoyed positive spells of possession throughout the course of the game, but failed to show the quality needed to overcame the Seagulls.

He said, ”I thought there were some pretty good bits, and areas we need to improve a lot. We were disappointed not to win, but for 25 minutes of the second half, we were the better team.

“There was even a period when I felt if we could have got an equaliser, we could have gone on to win it.

"We were a lot braver after the break, we got after the ball, but our quality could have been better.”

Neilson highlighted Albion’s clinical nature in front of goal as the key difference, and praised the strength in depth of Hughton’s squad.

"Looking at the game on the whole, it was down to the quality of finishing - in the first half, they had one shot and scored, we had four and didn't.

"They made a lot of changes, but they have the squad to do that. They still had international players coming in the side.

“It was always going to be difficult, but it was important for us to improve on recent performances and we did that."

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