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11 February 2019

Kieran Cleeves
Albion manager Chris Hughton looks on from the touchline against Burnley.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted his team need to make opponents pay for allowing them to create opportunities in front of goal, after fashioning 37 shots in their last two Premier League matches.

Despite creating numerous chances against Watford and Burnley at the Amex Stadium, only Shane Duffy’s second-half header found the back of the net, as the Seagulls managed ten attempts on target across both games.

Goalkeepers Ben Foster and Tom Heaton delivered impressive displays for the Hornets and Clarets respectively, but Hughton believes his team must be more clinical, or become tighter at the back to compensate.

He said, “I think we need to be better in front of goal; we need to be scoring more goals, whether that’s from the forward players that we’ve got, or contributions from elsewhere.

“Otherwise what can happen is what’s happened today [Saturday], where we’ve conceded three, albeit one of them being a penalty, but we’ve also conceded two other goals.

“You can make yourself vulnerable to that if you’re not able to score, and if that’s the case, you need to make sure you don’t concede.”

With Albion trailing 2-0 against Sean Dyche’s side, a penalty appeal was turned down after Jeff Hendrick handled inside the 18-yard box, and Hughton shared his thoughts on the controversial decision.

“Now is the right time to speak about VAR, but what we’re talking about is a decision that shouldn’t need VAR.

“We have a referee that’s about ten yards away and a linesman that’s supposed to help him out in those situations if he hasn’t seen it. It wasn’t a difficult one to see.

“VAR or no VAR, it’s one the referee should’ve seen and of course that does give them the momentum to go up the other end and score.

“If we get that penalty and score, then it’s 2-1, we’re back in the game, the momentum shifts in our favour and we have a chance of getting back in the game.”

Former Albion strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes fired the goals for Burnley in their 3-1 victory, and Hughton admitted his team were made to pay for not producing in the game’s pivotal moments.

“They play a way with two upfront and get the ball to them as quickly as possible. I thought we found it very difficult to cope with at times.

“We needed to score but came up against a goalkeeper, similar to the game last week, that made some very good saves, two in particular.

“They started better than us, but we got back into the game, and at that moment we probably needed to score, because that would have given us the momentum.

“The moments we needed to show quality in, we didn’t, and unfortunately it cost us because we were up against a very good team.”

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