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HUGHTON: OUR QUALITY PULLED US THROUGH

6 February 2019

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Albion manager Chris Hughton at the Hawthorns.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was pleased to see his team produce the quality needed to overturn a deficit against West Bromwich Albion, as Glenn Murray’s brace in extra time booked a place in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round.

The Seagulls found themselves trailing 1-0 after Kyle Bartley’s opener at the Hawthorns, but Florin Andone levelled to take the game into extra time, which provided Murray with the platform to shine.

After having numerous chances to break the deadlock but going behind, Hughton admitted the feeling of frustration he had before Andone and Murray showed their quality to book Albion’s place in the next round.

He said, “We made hard work of it — we got into some really good positions and found ourselves 1-0 down. But once the tie turned a little bit, I thought we showed our quality.

“The first game in some ways was a little bit similar. I thought we had some really good possession and chances, but you need that one goal to get back into it.

“I knew we would push right to the end, but this is a cup tie and we had ample opportunities before that. We got into some really good positions and sometimes you think it’s not going to be your day.

“You just need that little bit of quality or fortune to get back into the game. Once we got that, I was confident that we could go on and win it. But it’s the FA Cup and you never know."



Murray’s second brace in eight days furthered his goal tally to 12 for the season, and Hughton praised the club’s post-war record goalscorer, before also commending Anthony Knockaert for his hard-working display.

“Not only the goal, but it was the attitude Glenn showed. He came on and wanted to make an impact, and that’s what happens when you bring substitutes on, you want them to impact the game.

“He certainly came on with a spring in his step and we’re grateful for that.

“What we need is to be spreading these goals around the team a little more, but if you said to me ‘would you rather have somebody in form that’s scoring goals than support from elsewhere?’, then of course I would say, 'yes'.

“Anthony’s season has been a little bit up and down in regards to playing, but he showed his real quality today — not only the quality he’s got, but he also worked really hard and made an impact.”



After Saturday’s Premier League game against Burnley, the Seagulls welcome Derby County to the Amex in the fifth round of the FA Cup the following weekend, and Hughton assessed his team’s next challenge in the competition.

“It’s an opportunity to get through to the next round. We’ve got a home tie against Derby and they’ve showed their real quality against teams outside of their division.

“I don’t think we can look at it as a comfortable game for us. It will be a tough game and they will raise their levels against us.

“We’ll need to show a little bit more than what we showed today, certainly in the final third. But it’s good to be back at home and it’s a good opportunity for us.”


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