Albion's manager reflected on a professional display from his side.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his players for dealing with their busy fixture list to deliver another three points in impressive style, as they sealed a 3-0 victory over Derby County this evening.
The Albion boss highlighted the intensity of their recent schedule after goals from Anthony Knockaert, Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray secured the points, and felt it was an important victory at the Amex.
He said, “I thought we were good tonight, particularly when you consider we’ve had three games in six days on the back of one of our most disappointing results last Saturday [v Nottingham Forest].
“We were good on Tuesday [v Rotherham] and I thought we were very good today. That was a big win for us.
“We can only win the games that are put in front of us. At the moment, we’ll have to win a certain number of games because there’s a top group of teams who are all very strong.
“We’ve got some tough games coming up and everybody is fighting. But we’re on the back of a really good performance against a really good side tonight.”
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Albion’s win took them nine points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town, and Hughton applauded his players' mentality heading into the final nine games of the season.
“We strengthened well in the summer, but from day one this season, the attitude from the players has been excellent.
“It was a tough one for us last season but nobody expected us to be where we were. Most people expected more this season and expected us to be up there challenging.
“At the moment, we’ve probably surpassed that. We’ve got nine games left and I think we’re going to have to win a good percentage of them.”
Albion captain Bruno was replaced by Fikayo Tomori in the second half due to injury, and Hughton gave an update on the Spaniard’s situation.
“I don’t know the extent of it at this moment, but that’s certainly the one area where we can’t really afford injuries.
“In other areas we’ve got very good competition. We’ll find out about it but hopefully it’s not too bad.”
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