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HUGHTON DELIGHTED WITH ANOTHER 'BIG THREE POINTS'

4 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted with his team’s all-round performance against Swansea City, and stressed the importance of every victory in the Premier League this season.

Glenn Murray’s first-half strike gave the Seagulls a 1-0 triumph over the Swans at the Liberty Stadium, and Hughton reflected on a hard-working performance that moved his team to eighth in the Premier League.

He said, “Every three points are always a big three points, particularly away from home and when you’re the club that we are.

“We learned a fair bit from our performance at West Ham, and fortunately for us, we were able to take some of that into our performance today.

“At this moment we’ve got a lot of players available and really good competition for places, but we’ve learned what it takes to compete in this division, very quickly.

“It was a good all-round performance today. Apart from our goal, they probably had the best two chances and we had to dig deep, but we were worthy of the win today."

Swansea came close to snatching a point deep into stoppage time, as Luciano Narsingh’s shot came back off the crossbar, and Hughton was pleased to see his team hold onto another clean sheet.

“They’re a team that have had a difficult start, but they’ve got really good quality on the pitch and we had to defend well at times.

“It always gives you a chance [clean sheet], but they had a couple of good opportunities. Maty Ryan had to make a super save and they hit the crossbar.

“That’s the margins and it could have gone against us in the end, but we stuck in there and it’s always better going into an international break on the back of a win.”

Murray’s winning goal was his fourth strike in three games for the Seagulls, as they extended their unbeaten run to four games, and Hughton praised the frontman for his natural ability in front of goal.

“That’s what Glenn [Murray] does, he has a knack. Certainly in a game where there were always going to be very few chances for us, you hope that your striker can get on the end of one of the opportunities.

“But it was a brilliant ball from Anthony [Knockaert] and he thoroughly deserves that assist.

Albion now head into the international break, with a game against Stoke City at the Amex on the other side, and Hughton highlighted the importance of keeping the squad level-headed before a tough run of games.

“I’m delighted but I’ve got the biggest responsibility to make sure everyone remains grounded. We’ve given a good account of ourselves over these 11 games.

“We’ve got a really big end of November and December coming up, where we’ve got some really tough games.”


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