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2 January 2019

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Albion manager Chris Hughton at the London Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the positive run of results that his team have managed to achieve, as the Seagulls stretched their unbeaten run to three matches with a 2-2 draw against West Ham United.

Goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy gave Albion a 2-0 lead at the London Stadium, but Marko Arnautovic’s quick-fire double levelled the game to the secure a share of the spoils.

Hughton reflected on an entertaining contest against the Hammers, which added to four points picked up from home fixtures against Arsenal and Everton over the past week.

He said, “We have to be pleased with our recent run, but we’ve got some very big games coming up that will continue to test us.

“It was a good level of performance away from home. Certainly before the game, if you’d said we'd come away with a draw, it’s a good point.

“But of course I’m disappointed because we were 2-0 up and had played so well — I thought the performance warranted more than a point.”

Hughton admitted his team could have made better use of their positive spells of play before the break, but was relieved to keep hold of a point after West Ham’s second-half fightback.

“Probably what we were guilty of, in a first half where I thought we were really good in possession, is not coming in at half-time leading the game after getting into some very good areas.

“In the end, you’re dreading that with the momentum they’ve got at 2-2, with the crowd behind them, that they’ll get the third one.

“But we got back into our game and showed really good composure. I suppose we’re looking at a point that isn’t really a bad point.”

Manuel Pellegrini introduced Mark Noble and Michail Antonio after the break, who both contributed assists for their team-mates, and Hughton spoke of the quality the hosts could inject from the bench.

“They’re both very good players and players that have played a lot of games. Antonio, with his power and pace, is a good substitute to bring on and one that can effect the game.

“We limited them to minimal chances. We didn’t have too many clear chances of our own, but on the passages of play I thought we were better.

“They raised their game in the second half, which you would expect them to do, and we were guilty of not making the most of the good possession and areas that we got into.”

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