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HUGHTON'S PRIDE AT COLLECTIVE DEFENSIVE STRENGTH

27 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton applauds Albion's supporters at Old Trafford.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his team for how they handled Manchester United’s attacking quality at Old Trafford on Saturday, as they were narrowly beaten by Jose Mourinho’s men.

The Seagulls restricted the Red Devils to just four shots on target, with a deflected Ashley Young strike making the difference, and Hughton was delighted with Albion’s hard-working performance that restricted United to a fortuitous goal.

He said, “I expected Manchester United to have more chances against us, but you have to give us credit for that because we defended well as a team.

“If you defend well as a team - what you can try and do is restrict the quality players getting into areas where they can hurt you.

“We had to work really hard at that - but a Manchester United side, on more occasions than not, will open up teams and show their quality.

“Certainly with Pogba back, they’re a team that have a good balance between quality on the ball and physicality. By the time their substitutes were on, they were a very big side.

“What they’re able to do, and what they did on Saturday, is change a game. They’ve got a lot of quality in the side and that’s what Manchester United side’s always have.”

Hughton commented on Albion’s results against three of the Premier League’s top six this season, and highlighted their performance at Old Trafford as the most impressive out of the three.

“Even though in both of those games [v Manchester City and Arsenal] we lost 2-0, I was pleased with more than what I was unhappy with.

“But out of the three, this was the best one [performance]. We’ve gone another step forward and particularly having come here, away from home.

“We defended well, blocking holes, and made our way into really good areas. Scoring at the end of it would have been everything, but it’s very difficult to have everything.

“For a club like ours, coming here, to have that perfect performance, it’s very difficult. If we were able to finish off a couple of our chances, then that would have been a perfect performance.”

Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy are both just one booking away from suspensions after receiving yellow cards at Old Trafford, but Hughton admitted that sometimes comes with the territory of being committed players.

“What you don't want to do is take that competitiveness out of their game, but with that comes the risk of bookings and suspensions.

“You don’t want the silly ones for dissent - but if it’s about competing and making challenges, then you accept it may happen.”


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