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HUGHTON COMMENDS MATCH-WINNER HEMED

25 September 2017

Bennett Dean
Albion manager Chris Hughton giving instructions to Tomer Hemed.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton commended Tomer Hemed for his match-winning contribution at the Amex on Sunday, and highlighted the striker’s strong physical condition this season.

The Israeli striker scored his second Premier League goal of the season against the Magpies, and Hughton praised the 30-year-old for his clinical finish past Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

He said, “Tomer Hemed came back in very good shape, he benefitted from not being involved with the national team at the end of last season, which meant he had a good summer off.

“For the goal, we managed to get a header back across, but it still needs to be finished, and he did that, it was a really good finish and we deserved it.”

“If Tomer had to be taken off today, the only option would have been Izzy Brown, who is really a number ten.

“I was hoping Glenn Murray was going to be available for this game, but it’s still the problem he had at Leicester with his ankle and he’s not quite there yet.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll be available for the Arsenal game next week.”

The Seagulls ended Newcastle’s three-game winning streak in the Premier League, and Hughton expressed his delight towards the manner of Albion’s narrow victory on the south coast.

“At home, you always want to start the game well and we did, but they were very dangerous on the counter attack.”

“Newcastle are a good side, we watched their last three games and they deserved to win them all. They’re quite similar to us in the way that they play.

“I was very pleased with the manner of how we had to win, because once you get the goal, it can become very difficult.

“But we defended well and protected our lead, I thought it was a good overall performance.”

The Albion boss also commented on Anthony Knockaert’s hard-working performance at the Amex, and touched upon the increase in difficulty that the Frenchman is facing this season.

“Knockaert is performing his trade at the highest level, so with that he is going to be marked by two or three players.

“His contribution to the team is always there and he still executes what might have been slightly easier to do last season.”


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