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25 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton looks on from the dugout at Roots Hall.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton reflected on a good workout for his side after a comfortable 3-0 victory against Southend United tonight.

The result followed a behind-closed-doors friendly against Crawley Town in the morning, and Hughton highlighted the benefits of splitting the squad before praising the performance of Solly March.

He said, “What we managed to do was split the two teams and include some of the young lads, which was good for them.

“It was always going to be a tough one here, we came here a couple of seasons ago in the cup and it was not easy, but I thought we went about our business in the right way today.

“What Solly needed was a good pre-season. He came back from the under-21s with a slight injury and we hope he’s benefitted from having a full pre-season with us.

“He was able to have a rest at the end of last season and started pre-season with us, and at this moment, we’ve been getting the benefits from it.”

Hughton also commented on the loan signing of Izzy Brown from Chelsea and believes the promising youngster can add more versatility to the Blues frontline.

“There was interest in him, and credit to the work that the club has done and to the lad himself, he wanted to come.

“He was around us last season in the games against Huddersfield, so he knew us quite well. We were at the same end of the table, and it’s a really good opportunity for the lad to develop with us.

“He can play on either flank and he’s done that right the way through his upbringing. He went out on loan to Holland in what was his first loan and played out on the left.

“At Rotherham he played upfront and at Huddersfield he played at number ten. He gives us good scope in the front areas, he’s developing and hopefully he can develop here.”

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