Albion's manager reflected on a frustrating day for his side.
“Generally in the games where we’re not at our best, we can get better in that second half and show a performance that gives us a chance of winning the game.”
He said: “We needed to show some more energy earlier in the game, before they got their first goal.
Britt Assombalonga’s debatable opener, Ben Osborn’s strike and Zach Clough’s penalty gave the hosts convincing victory, and Hughton was frustrated by his side’s slow start to the game.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was disappointed with an uncharacteristic display from his side, after a 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
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The Albion manager believes Forest got a stroke of fortune in the second half with Assombalonga appearing to be in an offside position, but insists his team had more than enough time to turn the game around.
“I’ve just seen it again and it looks like he’s offside. At the time, I knew that all players were protesting about it looking to go to the linesman, but I didn’t know at the time. Having seen it again, it looks like he was offside.
“That first goal changes the game, but we needed to be better after that and we needed to better on the ball. We got into some really good positions and sometimes it’s not your day in front of goal.
“It certainly wasn’t through lack of effort in that last period, but it was probably too little too late.”