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29 December 2018

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his players produced enough periods of quality to deserve their 1-0 victory over Everton at the Amex Stadium, as Jurgen Locadia fired the winning goal.

The Seagulls ended 2018 on 25 points after the Dutchman’s strike secured another victory on the south coast, and Hughton was pleased with the tone his team set after making a positive start against the Toffees.

He said, “We were able to take our performance against Arsenal into our game today. We started the game really well and that helped our confidence.

“We were holding on a little bit at the end — they went to a 4-2-4 with real quality up front and we had to defend well — but I thought we were really good value for the win

“That was a major thing [starting on the front foot]. We wanted to start well in the last couple of games but sometimes a little bit of fear against the bigger teams can set in.

“Generally we start well at home and we certainly did today. That lifted the crowd and the team’s confidence. We had good enough passages in the game to warrant the win.”

Lewis Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.

“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.

“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.

“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.

“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.”

New Year’s Eve marks Hughton’s fourth anniversary as Albion manager, and the 60-year-old commented on his fruitful period on the south coast, but insists the focus must remain on the future.

“I’ve had great support from this club, from the chairman, the board, the recruitment staff and of course my own staff. It’s been a good development for this club.

“But what we can’t afford to do is rest where we are. You’ve only got to look at some of the results from today — teams that have found it difficult this season are now getting big results.

“We’ll need to continue to get results, and I’m hoping that as a club and as a team we can continue to make progress.”

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