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HUGHTON PRAISES ALBION'S SOLIDITY

24 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton stressed the importance of his players keeping a clean sheet against Newcastle United this afternoon, as Tomer Hemed scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at the Amex.

The Seagulls had to deal with a late surge of pressure from the Magpies, as they went in search of an equalising goal, and Hughton praised his team for the resilience shown after taking the lead.

He said, ”The goal was the one opportunity we took in a tight game, and we had to dig deep at times."

“The way the game was going, we didn’t feel there was going to be a lot of chances.

“We certainly had to keep a clean sheet against a very good Newcastle side and just look for those moments.

“We needed that little bit of brilliant or fortune, but it was certainly good to get the clean sheet today.”

Albion moved up to 13th in the Premier League after their second win of the season, and Hughton showed his delight after his players fought hard to edge out the Magpies, who had previously won three successive games.

"It was always going to be a test. What you're always going to get from a Newcastle side is that they’re going to push and they do have good options.

“It was a little bit nervy when they had a few free-kicks outside the box, because in [Matt] Ritchie and [Jonjo] Shelvey they've got really good quality.

"We had to dig deep to see it out and show that bit of resilience. There wasn’t a lot in it, but overall, I think we deserved it.

"We’ve learned a lot in these six games, and with the points we've got now - seven points -  I think that's a decent return.”


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