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1 December 2018

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised Florin Andone for his match-winning contribution, and believes the plan to use the Romanian’s pace to stretch the game worked at The John Smith’s Stadium.

Shane Duffy equalised after Zanka’s opener and Steve Mounie’s sending off, but it was Andone’s glancing header that sealed all three points against Huddersfield Town in the 69th minute.

It was the striker’s first start in the Premier League, and Hughton admitted his delight for the 25-year-old before explaining the thinking behind his introduction to the starting line-up.

He said, “We have a squad that is really pushing and we made a decision to play him today. Huddersfield play quite a high line and we felt we might benefit from having Andone’s runs in behind.

“Whatever number nine scores that goal, it’s a classic number-nine goal, getting across your central defender at the near post.

“Whether it’s Glenn [Murray], Florin or Jurgen [Locadia] that are getting across, you need that type of movement and delivery.

“I’m really pleased for him, because he’s had to wait. It’s a long hard season and that’s why you want your strikers to continue working as hard as possible.”

Albion found themselves playing against ten men for a second weekend in a row, following Mounie’s 32nd-minute sending off, and Hughton was pleased to see his team make the most of their numerical advantage.

“I thought we were good after conceding a very early goal against 11 men. When they go down to ten men, of course you’ve got to try and capitalise on that.

“I can make judgement on what we saw this week and last week, and I think it was completely different. We played against ten men last week and didn’t do well enough on the ball, but today we did.

“The ascendancy was with us. It’s always difficult when you’re the team with ten men — how aggressive do you play? Do you drop and hope you defend well enough?

“We certainly made the one-man advantage show. We still needed a very good goal though, and I thought Andone’s goal was excellent."

The Seagulls moved up to 11th in the Premier League table after their second away victory of the season, and Hughton highlighted the importance of collecting points while others are doing the same.

“Most importantly for us, it’s three points away from home. The teams around us are picking up a little bit of momentum and Huddersfield got a wonderful win at Wolves.

“Obviously Cardiff won last night as well, so it’s important that we’re picking up points as well. It feels like a big three points for us.”

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