Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised his players for delivering a positive reaction following a disappointing run of results, as the Seagulls held Wolverhampton Wanderers to a goalless draw at Molineux.
Albion defended well to claim a point and move slightly closer to Premier League safety, and Hughton was noticeably pleased by his team’s defensive solidity, as they frustrated their West Midlands opponents.
He said, “When we asked the players for a response, we certainly got that in what they were prepared to give and how hard they were prepared to work.
“It’s very difficult coming here — they’ve got so many good footballers and you know that if you open up too much, they can hurt you.
“We probably could have been a little bit better in our link-up play, in the times that we broke, but we knew it would be difficult and about making sure we got back to a clean sheet.”
The Seagulls moved three points clear of Cardiff City, who claimed a 2-0 victory at the Amex Stadium last Tuesday, and Hughton hopes the team’s latest performance can trigger a return to form.
“The feeling in the changing room has been okay, and probably the reason for that is that we’ve been okay in this division for long periods, in regards to the position we’re in.
“We have a great group of supporters that travel in their thousands for every game, so we always give them the respect that they deserve.
“But we’ve been on the back of two big defeats — particularly the last one, because it was a team that’s close to us in the division, so I think that hurt us.
“Amongst that hurt, you wanted to see a reaction, so there’s probably a bit of relief. You don't become a bad team overnight, you always get an opportunity to put it right and this will hopefully set us up for what will be four very difficult games."
Davy Propper came off with an injury in the opening half at Molineux, and Hughton provided an update on the Dutchman’s condition.
“He felt his hamstring — we’ll see how bad it is, but at this moment, I must admit, I’m not too sure.”