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HUGHTON ON HARSH UNITED DEFEAT

25 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United was harsh on his players, after Ashley Young’s deflected strike made the difference at Old Trafford.

The Seagulls frustrated their opponents for over an hour before Young’s fortuitous effort, and Hughton couldn’t hide his disappointment despite being delighted with his team’s application.

He said, “I certainly feel that we didn’t deserve to lose. It was almost one of those games that was going to take that little bit of brilliance or fortune - and, of course, they got the fortune with the deflected goal.

“I thought we were worthy of at least a draw today. Our play was good and we restricted them to minimal chances.

“We needed Maty Ryan to make two really good saves for us - but apart from that, I can’t think of a clear opportunity they had in the 90 minutes.

“In a tight affair, we were very good value and I’m really disappointed not to come away with anything.”

The hosts maintained their 100-per-cent record at Old Trafford this season, and despite the narrow defeat, Hughton was pleased with how his players showed the confidence to take their game to United.

“The fact that we came here to a top-six team - a team that have the quality that Manchester United have - and we had the confidence to play, is very pleasing.

“We got into some really good positions, but what United did show is that they’re physically strong and they can defend very well.

“You have to play on the break a little bit, but I thought we were very brave on the ball and there were a lot of good performances today.”

Hughton showed his disappointment towards the corner decision in the lead up to United’s winning goal, as Solly March was deemed to have touched the ball last after being closed down by Romelu Lukaku.

“My view at the time was that it wasn’t a corner - but when the linesman gave it, I presumed he must have seen something. But having seen it again, it certainly wasn’t a corner.”


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