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23 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at the London Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his team more than deserved their first Premier League away victory of the season, but stressed the importance of remaining grounded.

The Seagulls overcame West Ham United with a 3-0 victory at the London Stadium on Friday night, and Hughton was pleased with add to the eight points already accumulated at the Amex.

He said, “The way the game opened up, I think we were more than worthy of our win, but I won’t allow anyone to [get carried away].

“It’s a good performance and a really good win, but if we lose at home to Southampton, then everything changes again.”

“The top six are really difficult away from home, but you know that if it’s a team outside the top six, and you play to your strengths, you always have a chance.

“Away from home, if you said ‘would you settle for a draw?’ before the game, then you probably would. You have to win your home games and then pick up whatever you can away from home.”

Hughton recalled Gaetan Bong and Jose Izquierdo to the starting line-up, and after impressive performances from both players, the Albion boss assessed the left-sided partnership.

“The thinking with [playing] Bong was because of [Michail] Antonio, who is a physical player. With Jose [Izquierdo], its been about giving him games. He’s somebody we brought in for a big fee and he’s a good player.

“It’s about introducing him in the right games, and I thought it was a good opportunity to change things. He’s a fit lad and one that can run, but more importantly, everyone has to fit into the way that we play.

“He’s a right-footed player and we know he’s got that type of ability [to score goals]. As he struck it, I wasn’t quite sure if it was going in, but the timing of the goal was excellent for us.”

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