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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH CONVINCING PERFORMANCE

22 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was satisfied with his team’s commanding display against Crawley Town, as they ran out 6-0 winners at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this afternoon.

The Seagulls claimed another clean sheet in their second pre-season friendly, and Hughton was delighted to see his side come away from the game unscathed, while also showing their quality on the pitch.

He said, "It was a really good workout and what is just as important is that we've come away with no injuries after a tough game in Austria against Dusseldorf.

“What probably did show today was the level we are as opposed to Crawley, but I thought we played really well, particularly in the first half.

“We took maybe a little bit longer to get going in the second half but I thought our quality showed.

“Now we’ll go into some more tough games during the next week. It’s our way of getting fitter and trying to get some good combinations."

Albion have made a promising start to pre-season, starting with a 2-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf last week, and Hughton understands the importance of using pre-season to continue improving.

“I’ve been around long enough to know that what’s good in one game can be not so good in the next game. Ultimately, I’ve been in pre-seasons that have not been so good, but we've then started the season really well.

“All we can do is get as much right as we can during pre-season. We’re going into a league where we’re going to be tested greater than we’ve ever been tested before. We’ll need to make sure we get a lot of things right.”

Southend United are Albion’s next pre-season opponents, at Roots Hall on Tuesday evening, and Hughton expects another physical test for his players.

“It’s always a tough place to go, but we’ve been there before and it was very hard [in the League Cup in 2015/16]. I know Phil [Brown] well and all of his sides are very well organised.

“If I look at the endeavour and work rate from today, then we’ll certainly need that again on Tuesday.”


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