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HUGHTON: WE TOOK THE GAME TO ARSENAL

26 December 2018

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Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his players for fighting back from a goal down to claim a point against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium, and also felt the Seagulls looked more likely to fire a winning goal.

Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.

Locadia’s first Premier League goal of the season lifted the mood around the Amex, and Hughton highlighted the determination shown by his players to take the game to their opponents.

He said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.

“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.

“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.

“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.”



Aubameyang struck to put Albion behind after just seven minutes, but Hughton put the quality of this afternoon’s visitors under the spotlight and felt his team grew into the match after soaking up their early pressure.

“We had a game plan and we like to start quickly, but we were up against a very good team in possession.

“They’re not a classic 4-4-2 team, they play off the wide areas and make the pitch very expansive.

“It’s difficult to get as close to the players as you want to, but you’ve got to try and do that within your own shape.

“After that first 20 minutes where it was difficult for us, I thought we got to drips with the game and played a big part in it.”


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