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1 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his team for their efforts against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium today, but felt they could have shown more attacking prowess in their 2-0 defeat.

Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi either side of half-time sealed victory for the Gunners, but Hughton showed understanding towards the difficult task that was in front of his players.

He said, ”It was a spirited performance. I can't accuse the lads of not giving everything.

“It was always going to be difficult here, and when you're playing against Arsenal at home, your levels of concentration have got to be there for 90 minutes.

"The only disappointment was that we could have shown a little bit more on the ball; a little bit more adventure.

"There were spaces for us to attack. Arsenal can't play the way they do without leaving gaps and holes. We needed to exploit them just that little bit better."

The hosts showed their quality in front of goal to break down Albion’s hard-working defence, and Hughton urged his players to learn from today’s experience and the goals they conceded.

"On both goals, I think we can look at them and think they're poor goals for us to concede.

"On the second goal they did what they do very well. They've got great movement, but you've got to go with runners because they're clever players.

“We had to defend well for large periods of the game but that's not unusual when coming here.

“It's a learning curve for us as a team and we need to make sure we take the most out of the positives.”

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