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22 December 2018

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Albion manager Chris Hughton at the Vitality Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his players deserved something from the game against AFC Bournemouth, but admitted his team’s inability to convert their chances made the difference.

The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 after David Brooks found the back of the net for the Cherries either side of half-time, but Hughton put the result into perspective and highlighted his team’s positive contribution to the match.

He said, “I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t.

“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly before that I thought we were always in the game.

“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.

“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that play with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, are going to cause you problems.

“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”

Brooks fired home his second goal minutes after Lewis Dunk received a red card for a second yellow, and Hughton gave his thoughts on the defender’s dismissal before assessing his defensive options ahead of Arsenal’s visit.

“Initially we had no problems with it, we thought it was two yellow cards, but seeing them again, we feel that [Yves] Bissouma made the first contact, so there’s some doubt about who should have been booked.

“With Bissouma making the first contact, then that should have been the booking, and if that’s the case, the of course Lewis doesn’t get sent off.

“What we’ve had in that position are players that have played very well, so whenever you lose one it’s a big blow for the team.

“Lewis has been very good for us all season and so has Shane [Duffy]. We’ve got him coming back now, but we’ve also got [Leon] Balogun, who I think has done really well. That’s the competition that you want.”

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