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21 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his side were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty kick in the first half of Monday evening’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City, but had few complaints about the result.
Hughton believes Albion should have been given a spot-kick after Glenn Murray was brought down inside the box, but admits their task was made more difficult by the two goals his side conceded.
He said: “If you are asking me whether it was a penalty then my thoughts haven’t changed. Where I was standing, my first impression was that it absolutely was a penalty and I was just waiting for the referee to give it.”
“I’m disappointed and surprised that it wasn’t given particularly when you have it the same side as the linesman. Sometimes when the linesman is on the far side, it’s difficult.”
“You have to be realistic, we weren’t at our best today. We made a couple of errors -particularly for the goals and the first goal was a little bit uncharacteristic from us.”
The manager was pleased on the whole with how his side fared against Mark Hughes’s men, emphasizing that the reaction after the second goal from the Potters just before the break impressed him in particular.
“Credit to this group of players. We had a Stoke team that came and were happy to defend their own half and then they’ve got real quality when they break.”
“That’s testament to this group of lads that have fared fairly well so far this season. We were up against a solid  Premier League team who capitalised on the strengths that they’ve got.”
“So credit to us, because when you concede a goal just before half time, it changes the team talk, but they came out and were desperate to get back in the game.”
The stalemate against the Potters means that Albion have now drawn their last three home matches, and the manager was satisfied with the points return from the trio of matches.
“They are three very good teams who have had difficult starts. We have to make sure the Amex is not a nice place to come and play.”
“Stoke have a lot of know-how, and they’re difficult to break down. We need to be a little bit more patient at times as well too.”
Hughton was pleased with his side's collective performance, but he also singled out individuals for praise after Monday evening’s game too – including the two goalscorers on the night.
“Pascal (Gross) is a player who has great effect and he gets into the right places. It’s his contribution that’s important since the time he has arrived.
"We’ve also got two centre halves that are old-fashioned centre halves, and I feel that we need to get more from our set plays at times."
“Then Jose (Izquierdo) has been improving every week he’s been with us. He admits himself that he’s come from a league that is not as physical as this one, but he’s worked hard to improve every week. He is somebody who can add goals for us.”

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