The two managers reflect on Saturday's game
CHRIS HUGHTON admitted he thinks only victory on the last day of the season at Aston Villa will be enough to secure the Sky Bet Championship title, following Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday.
The Seagulls have fallen to back-to-back defeats since securing promotion to the Premier League, and with them needing three points to guarantee the league title, Hughton believes his players must take control.
He said, “I think we’ll have to win. If I’m looking at Newcastle, I think the best opportunity we had of Newcastle dropping points was last night [v Cardiff].
“They’re at home for the last game of the season [v Barnsley], but you never know, we were at home and it didn’t quite work out for us.
“But we know what we’ve got to do now, we’ve got to go to Villa. We’ve been better away from home this season than what we were last season, and we’re going to have to do it that way.”
Josh Brownhill scored the winning goal for the Robins shortly before the break, and Hughton felt his side needed to show more creativity in front of goal, as they failed to score for only the tenth time in the league this season.
“It was Glenn’s [Murray] header on 88 minutes that was the most realistic chance that we had. On most occasions, they had their two centre-halves that defended very well.
“That’s always down to two things, the quality of the ball and the real desire from a team to get across and make something happen, but we lacked that edge.”
LEE JOHNSON praised his team for their well-organised performance against the Seagulls on Saturday, but congratulated Albion on gaining promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Robins prevented Albion from securing the Sky Bet Championship title, and Johnson was delighted that his players were able to claim all three points at the Amex
He said, “The boys were fantastic, absolutely superb, and I thought we deserved it. Our shape was good, we had opportunities and were good on the break.
“They’re a really good side and massive congratulations to them for getting promoted, but we spoiled the party and that’s what we needed to do today. We couldn’t rely on other teams, we had to rely on ourselves.”
Johnson’s team have claimed 13 points from a possible 15 since losing 5-0 to Preston North End, and Johnson showed his delight towards his team’s upturn in form and believes the Robins are showing promise for the future.
“It’s been a fantastic run of form when we’ve needed it and it sets up the future for us. We’ve got another big game next week and we want to continue the run.
“We limited them to very few chances and that’s what we’re about. We didn’t do that enough mid-season, but our front and our back (of the season) has been fantastic.
“The work rate and desire levels of the likes of Josh [Brownhill], Jamie Paterson and Bobby Reid make them bright, young players for us.
“If we can get that correct mix of experience, energy and youth, as time goes on we can only get better.”