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HUGHTON: WE COULD HAVE SCORED MORE

26 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted with his team’s performance in their 4-1 victory over Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, but felt his players could have inflicted further damage on their Welsh opponents.

The Seagulls secured their biggest Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium to climb up the league table, and Hughton assessed his team’s attacking display, which ended Swansea’s ten-game unbeaten streak.

He said, “Sometimes when you're on a good run, the confidence levels are a little bit higher, but we had to go through a difficult period in the game.

“Particularly in the first half they showed what a good side they are - and similarly to ourselves, they’ve been in a confident mood."

“I can't say it's our best performance, but I think it was the game this season where we probably could have scored more.

“The obvious reason why we haven't always been like that, is because of the level we are now playing at - we’re up against some very good teams.”

Glenn Murray fired Albion into a 2-0 lead and extended his Premier League goal tally into double figures for the season, and Hughton praised the striker for his overall contribution.

“Glenn has been very good over the last five games, not only with his goals but his effort for the team - and for a club like us, that’s as important as the goals.”

"We know exactly how difficult it is to score goals, therefore that's some achievement [Murray reaching 10 PL goals].”

"I won't say we’ve solved the problem [scoring goals], as we play Arsenal next week, but we work with what we've got or use a strategy against particular sides.”

Five of Albion’s seven Premier League victories have come at the Amex this season, and Hughton commented on the benefits of approaching every game with positivity to achieve maximum points.

"I remember my first full season here in the Championship, we just missed out on automatic promotion and we put that down to too many draws.

“There is a huge benefit, particularly in this division, of putting games to bed."


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