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HUGHTON: MIDFIELD DUO ADAPTED WELL

4 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton gives instructions against Watford.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton commented on the midfield rotation that took place ahead of Saturday’s goalless draw against Watford, and praised Yves Bissouma and Davy Propper for adapting after Dale Stephens’s late withdrawal.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Bissouma after initially being announced in the starting line-up at the Amex Stadium, and Hughton complimented Albion’s midfield duo for their performances against the Hornets.

He said, “In a game where we had more possession, Davy was very good on the ball, so it wasn’t an issue for him and he’s played there before [defensive midfield].

“Bissouma showed a lot of the qualities that he has, but he needs more games and I think he will continue to develop with us.

“He’s a younger player with really good ability and certainly wasn’t fazed by the late call-up as such.”

“For Bissouma to come in as late as he did, and having perhaps not played as many minutes as he would have liked of late, I thought he was very good.”



Albion were denied maximum points by a string of impressive stops from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, and Hughton gave credit to the experiences shot-stopper, who currently holds the record for making the most saves in Premier League history.

“Ben was at Birmingham for a short period of time before I went there, so I have always known the quality of the keeper and I think that he’s been outstanding this season in particular.

“He’s also a goalkeeper who plays in the way that the modern goalkeepers play — he’s an exceptional keeper with his feet.

“I was hoping that he wouldn’t be so good against us, but he’s a top, top class goalkeeper, and he showed that.”


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