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12 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton shares the touchline with Jurgen Klopp at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton expressed his feeling of pride after today’s narrow 1-0 defeat to the Premier League leaders, Liverpool, as his players delivered a hard-working display at the Amex Stadium.

Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty proved the difference between the sides, and Hughton complimented his players for running Jurgen Klopp’s side very close on the south coast.

He said, “I’m incredibly proud of a group of lads that worked incredibly hard to stay in the game. They made it a game, lifted the crowd and rose to the challenges.

“They’re such a good side [Liverpool] and sometimes you have to be at grass level to really appreciate their qualities, the pace and intensity that they’ve got.

“We now go into another huge challenge at Manchester United, and if I get the same from the players next week, I’ll be delighted.”

Albion worked tirelessly to keep their high-flying opponents at bay, and Hughton admitted it was a hard result for his players to take, as they left the field empty-handed after a closely-contested 90 minutes.

“You generally get a feeling of how disappointed the changing room is at the end of games, and it’s a very disappointed changing room.

“They were always going to have some chances, but we restricted them to minimal chances. The chances they did have were when we made it a more open game, which favoured them.

“We had a couple of good chances ourselves — we were never going to have many but were always in the game.

“We were very competitive today and probably with all of those things put together, I think we deserved something.”

Pascal Gross was penalised for a foul on Salah, which gave the Egyptian the chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot, and Hughton showed his understanding towards the incident.

“You’ve also got to feel for Pascal — he was up against arguably the best player in the country in that position.

“It was one-v-one and he needs to have help. There’s no blame on Pascal, I think he did a great job to track him [Salah] anyway.

“These are the moments in the game that Liverpool generally find because of the quality that they’ve got.”

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