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HUGHTON DISAPPOINTED WITH EVERTON'S LATE GOAL

15 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton expressed his disappointment that his team were unable to see out the remaining minutes of the game, as Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty snatched a point for Everton.

The Seagulls had taken the lead through Anthony Knockaert in the 82nd minute, and Hughton couldn’t hide his frustration after conceding late on at the Amex.

He said, “I’m incredibly disappointed. At this moment, because of the timing of the goals, it feels more like a defeat rather than a draw.
 
“We were up against a very good Everton side, they were good with the ball and had lots of quality - but at that stage, I couldn’t see them scoring.

“We had to defend well, through periods in both halves but particularly in the second half. But as the game opened up, I thought we were the side that would capitalise and we did.”
 
Bruno was penalised for a foul inside the box on Dominic Calvert-Lewin after Knockaert had tactically conceded a foul as Everton broke away, and Hughton assessed the penalty incident.

“With the free-kick we gave away, sometimes you'll settle for a professional foul in that area, because if they'd taken that ball further into our box then the consequences can be greater.

"We're 1-0 up, it's our corner and they break from our corner [for the penalty]. But it can happen, they've got good pace in the side.

"I've got no complaints with the penalty. In fairness to Bruno, there had been a lot of aerial duels. He wanted to use his body and impede the run in front of him.

“Because there had been a lot of pushing before that, the referee's eyes were on it.”

Albion shot-stopper Mathew Ryan made two spectacular saves in the fourth minute of stoppage time to deny the Toffees a winning goal, and Hughton was pleased with the goalkeeper’s performance.

"That's why we brought him in [Ryan's two saves at the end], and why we work the keepers as hard as we do.

“We were reliant on some good saves and that's part and parcel of what we expect our keepers to do.

“It's been a tough week for him [travelling back from Australia], but he came back with a spring in his step having qualified for the play-offs next month.”


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