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27 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the positive contribution Jurgen Locadia made during the team’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal, praising the forward for taking his chance on Wednesday evening.

The Dutchman fired the Seagulls level after latching onto Davy Propper’s searching pass at the Amex Stadium, and Hughton was delighted for the striker, who has trained hard and waited patiently for his opportunity.

He said, “Jurgen will certainly be feeling better at this moment than he did a few weeks or months ago, so that I’m really pleased about.

“He’s one part of three number nines, but there’s a bit more scope in how we can play Jurgen — Glenn [Murray] and Florin [Andone] are out-and-out number nines that can play in a one or a two.

“Jurgen trains well every day, and if you train well every day and are as committed as he is, then when a chance comes about, you’ve got to be ready for it.

“You want a player to deliver with either a performance or an end product, and I thought Jurgen gave us both of them.”

Albion had to withstand early pressure from the Gunners after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring, and Hughton reflected on an important period in the match.

“At 1-0 you’re still in the game mentally, but if they get the second goal in that period, it becomes a really hard afternoon for us.

“You’d like to think that you can turn things around, but to get two or three goals against this type of opposition is very difficult.

“Our goal came at a good time and I thought we were very good in the second half. If we’d had a little bit more composure in and around their box, then I think we would have won the game.”

Maty Ryan made his final appearance before leaving for the Asia Cup, and Hughton applauded the Australian for making two vital saves in the opening half, which kept the Seagulls in the contest.

“They’re both very good and very valuable saves. At that stage of the game, it was Arsenal’s best spell.

“Something can change the game, either a goalkeeper’s save, a full-back clearing off the line, somebody making a run back and intercepting a big pass — these moments can change things.

“We’ll miss him because he’s been very good for us, but we’ve got two other very good goalkeepers [David Button and Jason Steele] and it’s an opportunity for one of them now.”

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