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9 February 2019

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Kieran Cleeves
Chris Hughton during the game with Burnley at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted that Burnley punished his side for not taking their chances in front of goal, but highlighted Tom Heaton’s impressive display in the Clarets' goal that restricted the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium.

After creating numerous chances against Sean Dyche’s side, Chris Wood’s brace and a penalty from Ashley Barnes put the Clarets 3-0 ahead, before Shane Duffy’s late header for the Seagulls.

Heaton denied Albion with a string of fine saves on the south coast, but Hughton also commented on a penalty shout that his team saw turned down after Jeff Hendrick handled the ball inside the penalty area.

He said, “We created chances and they needed some very good saves from a top-class goalkeeper to keep them in the game. But we’ve conceded three goals, and that isn’t like us.

“I think that was very much the story of the game. We were up against a Burnley team that play a particular way and do it very well. They’re also in very good form and that showed today.

“We should have had a penalty at 2-0, but they go straight up the other end and score. It was that type of game. It was a blatant penalty that either the linesman or referee has got to see.

“What also showed was that in front of goal, at those pivotal moments, we perhaps need to take our chances — and we weren’t able to do that.

“If one of those goes in, then it probably would have been a different story. But it’s just not going our way at the moment.”

The Seagulls now find themselves three points above the Premier League relegation zone, and Hughton stressed the importance of taking points from the team’s upcoming run of fixtures.

“The gap below us was always the one that was going to be more important. Perhaps when others were getting a little carried away, we were very conscious about how difficult this league is.

“As quickly as you can win three games on the spin, you can lose them or get into difficult periods, and we’re aware of that.

“It’s a period that we’re going through at the moment and the games we’ve got coming up are against teams that are not in the top six.

“We need to dust ourselves down and start getting points on the board again. It’s been a very difficult day for us, but one that I felt we could have got more from.”

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