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2 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes his team’s performances so far this season could warrant a higher league position, but had few complaints after a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal yesterday.

Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi gave the Gunners a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium, leaving Albion with seven points from seven games, and Hughton admits that it was always going to be a tough challenge against Arsene Wenger’s men.

He said, "I don't think you're ever satisfied [with the league position], because there were certainly a couple of games where we could have got more.

“Like at Bournemouth, we were 1-0 up - and even if you come out of there with a draw, it's healthier than losing the game.

“We could have had slightly more [than seven points] but we're a new team coming into this division and we've played Arsenal and Man City.

"There's not a sense of satisfaction at this moment because when you have competitive players, you don't like losing.

"But there's more positives to come from the game than negatives. Away from home is very difficult, particularly with the quality Arsenal have.”

The Albion manager explained his decision to select Gaetan Bong against the Gunners, and praised Jose Izquierdo following his first start for the club.

"I decided to go with Gaetan because he's been training very well and probably if you look at him and Markus [Suttner] - they're different types of players. 

"With Izquierdo, I knew we would have to be bright on the counter, and he's got very good pace on the counter attack.

"Izquierdo is a bit short because he hasn't played, but then how does he get up to speed? You've got to pick the right games to play him in.

I thought there were good aspects of his game where he can break very quickly. He'll certainly get better. It's a tough game to come in to, if you're one of the wide players.”

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