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25 January 2017

The two managers reflect on last night's game.

CHRIS HUGHTON was pleased with Oliver Norwood's impact from the bench, after his assist set up Tomer Hemed for his match-winning goal against Cardiff City.

The Northern Ireland international slotted a pass into Hemed’s feet just two minutes after replacing Beram Kayal, and Hughton highlighted the midfielder’s strengths, while also giving credit to Albion’s goalscorer.

He said, “The reason why we brought Oliver [Norwood] on was because he’s a very good passer of the ball, and the way that the game was going, we perhaps needed to try and open them up a little bit.

“That’s one thing that Ollie can do, he’s got a lovely feel for the ball, and it was a very good pass into Tomer [Hemed].

“But the bulk of the work was Tomer’s, where he had to work hard to score, as he turned well and got a great shot on goal.”

Sam Baldock and Bruno were both missing through injury for Tuesday night’s game, with Connor Goldson playing right-back and Solly March playing in the number ten role, and Hughton was pleased with the pair’s contributions.

“That was one of the things that pleased me the most [dealing with injuries]. Bruno missed out and Connor did well at right-back again, we also had to shuffle upfront and play Solly [March].

“Certainly in the time I’ve been here, it was the first time I’d played Solly off the front and I thought he got better as the game went on.

“He’s back playing games at the moment, and he’ll definitely be better for having got through that game.”


NEIL WARNOCK felt his players did well to restrain Albion’s threat for the majority of last night’s game, and challenged them to emulate the form of Hughton’s team next season.

The Bluebirds held the Seagulls for 73 minutes until Hemed broke the deadlock in style, and Warnock praised his team for the way they nullified Albion’s attacking prowess.

He said, “We made some good players look ineffective – Jazz [Richards] did well and Knockaert didn't get a kick. We showed a step forward and how far we've come but Brighton showed what you need to keep getting the wins.

“This was the best team in the league [Brighton]. I asked them to show me who can cope with it, and I think there were a lot of plusses.

“I can't fault them – they gave me everything. Brighton showed what we are looking at and it's quite possible we can have a good time next season if we get the right people in.”

Warnock highlighted the positives taken from their narrow 1-0 defeat, but showed disappointment at leaving the south coast empty-handed.

“I asked my players to show me how far they've come and I thought we more than matched them at times. We had some good chances and there were some great saves from their goalkeeper in the first-half.

“I’m sure Brighton would have loved us to come and be open and get beaten by three or four, but in the end we're disappointed not to lose a point, but to not get three.”

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