Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his team’s reaction to going behind at the Amex, as Glenn Murray’s second-half header secured a 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Steven Davis headed the Saints in front early on, but Murray scored a third goal in two games to level the scores, which delighted Hughton, who believed a draw was a fair reflection of the match.
He said, ”We deserved something out of the game and I was pleased with the response.
“When you concede a goal so early in the game, as we did away at Leicester, you usually come away with nothing.
"Southampton are a very good, technical side and when you’ve gone 1-0 down so early, you have to be grateful when you get back into the game.
“So I think the response was very good, we got stronger as the game went on and as the game opened up. We had chances to win it, but overall it was a fair result.”
Pascal Gross claimed another assist with a delightful cross to the back post in the 52nd minute, and Hughton was pleased with the German’s contribution, but felt Albion needed to show more quality in the final third.
“He’s [Pascal Gross] somebody that works very hard and has wonderful statistics of creating chances and assisting goals, which he’s been doing all season.
“The most important thing is a good team performance against a good side. We had to defend well and break away, but perhaps we needed to show a bit more quality in the areas that can win you the game."
"We raised the tempo and it was not easy to do that, we got a little bit of joy in some stages and that gave us an incentive to push on.”
“The crowd read that and got behind us, and if either team was going to win, it looked like being us.”
The Seagulls moved up to 11th in the Premier League after today’s result, and Hughton believes the team must be happy with their points tally so far.
"Pleased is the right word for where we are in the table.
"There are games where we could have done better and got more from the game. But for a promoted side, I think we can be delighted with the points we have so far.
“We’ve played two of the top six but there isn’t anyone that has given us a good beating.”