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2 February 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton watches from the dugout at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton applauded his players for delivering a positive reaction against Watford this afternoon, and felt that finding the back of the net was the only thing missing from his team’s performance.

The Seagulls created 21 opportunities in front of Ben Foster’s goal at the Amex Stadium, but a string of fine stops from the Hornets goalkeeper denied Hughton’s side from breaking the deadlock.

The Albion boss was keen to see his players deliver an improved display after Tuesday’s defeat at Fulham, and he was pleased with the level of commitment his players showed in today’s goalless draw.

He said, “We were very good today — we asked for a reaction off the players and we couldn’t have asked for any more from them, apart from scoring.

“The only frustration is that it’s a game we should have won. We had a lot of shots on target and the goalkeeper has had to make three very good saves.

“We can’t ask for any more than that, it’s just that little bit of quality that probably let us down. It just wasn’t our day in front of goal.

“But as far as commitment goes, and wanting to win a football match, I thought we were very good.”

Albion extended their gap to the Premier League relegation zone to eight points — before Cardiff City's match against AFC Bournemouth — but Hughton admitted his team could have moved further clear, had they made the most of their numerous chances in front of goal.

“We were up against a very good Watford side and they’ve particularly been good away from home of late.

“They were going to cause us problems, particularly with what they have up front — they have really good quality that comes in from the wide areas.

“There were going to be some moments in the game, but more of the moments were in front of their goal, and that’s where we needed to capitalise.”

Next up for the Seagulls is an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Hawthorns on Wednesday evening, and Hughton is pleased to be heading into the match after an encouraging display.

“I’m standing here pleased with a performance. It would be worse if I was really disappointed with the performance and then also coming away with a point at home.

“But I certainly think we were the team that deserved to win. I can’t fault the endeavour and what the players were prepared to put in to try and win.

“We’ve now got to dust ourselves down — we’ve got an FA Cup game at West Brom on Wednesday night and then another home game here on Saturday against Burnley.”

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