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HUGHTON: GREAT CHARACTER TO COME BACK TWICE

20 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted his team didn’t produce one of their better performances at the Amex this evening, but praised the character shown to equalise twice and draw 2-2 with Stoke City.

Goals from Pascal Gross and Jose Izquierdo cancelled out strikes from Maxim Choupo-Moting and  Kurt Zouma, and Hughton was pleased to see his team dig deep to secure a share of the spoils on the south coast.

He said, “When you’re a team that have been behind on two occasions, what we did show was great character to come back from that.

“I didn’t think we were at our best today. We needed to be a side that passed a little bit better. We knew how Stoke were going to play and they’re very good at it.

“When you come back from two goals at two different stages, you’re probably more fearful that you’re going to lose it, rather than having the joy and excitement of winning it.

“We didn’t probe enough and we were a little bit sloppy at times with our passing, but it would have been really hard on us if we had of ended up losing the game.”

Hughton showed his disappointment towards the decision not to award Albion a penalty after Glenn Murray went down under Ryan Shawcross’s challenge in the first half.

“My take is exactly what it was at the time - from where I was in the dugout, I had a very good view of it and straight away I thought it was a penalty. I’m really disappointed with that.

“There were two officials who could have made a judgement, and if the referee doesn’t see it because of the angle or not being sure, then he has an assistant to make a decision.”

“He obviously didn’t see it well enough to give it, but he had a linesman who probably had a better view. I was 40-50 yards away and my view was perfect - I thought it was certainly a penalty.”

The Seagulls stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games, ahead of Saturday's trip to Old Trafford, and Hughton commented on the importance of remaining hard to beat.

“We have to be realistic. We’re playing in a different division against better teams and players, and certainly if you’re not able to win games, you have to try not to lose them.

“The supporters saw a lot of exciting football today, a little bit end-to-end - and obviously there were some decisions that got the crowd going.

“That’s all we can do - we endeavour to entertain them and we try to win as many games here as we can.”


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