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HUGHTON: IT KEEPS THE MOMENTUM GOING

5 January 2019

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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted to see his players extend their unbeaten run to four matches, as the Seagulls claimed a 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Goals from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone secured Albion’s place in the fourth round of the competition, after Marc Pugh had halved the deficit for the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.

Hughton believes the result will add further confidence to his team ahead of Premier League matches against Liverpool and Manchester United over the coming weeks.

He said, “We’ve got very difficult games coming up, but I’m really delighted that we won today. What it does is keep the momentum going.

“We certainly won’t be favourites to win in both games, and we’re catching Manchester United during a turnaround for them — they’re in very good form.

“But we’re on a good run at the moment and there’s no reason that we can’t go into the next few games with confidence.

“For the squad that we’ve got, it gives them at least another game. We hope that we get a bit of fortune with the draw — I’m really pleased to go through.”



Albion made up for their 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League two weeks ago, and Hughton reflected on his team’s performance against Eddie Howe’s side on the south coast.

“We went 2-0 up against the run of play and were probably quite fortunate at that stage, but the game’s about scoring goals and making sure that you don’t concede.

“We had a few difficult moments early in the game — they’re a good side and play a very fast, high-tempo game, and sometimes they can catch you out.

“But I thought we worked our way into a really good game, and probably if we’d showed a little more composure once we broke over the halfway line, we could of had a few more chances.

“It was disappointing to concede, but that can happen and it’s about the reaction afterwards. I thought our reaction was good and it was another goal from a set play. In the end, I think we deserved the win.”



The Seagulls scored twice inside four first-half minutes to lead 2-0 against their Premier League opponents, and Hughton commented on both goals and how his players had been encouraged to press forward more.

“I thought they were two very good goals, particularly Anthony’s — Locadia made a great run for him, kept the ball in play and sometimes you need that little bit of luck.

“It was a good strike by Anthony but it went through the lad’s legs and Bissouma’s goal comes off the inside of the post.

“What we’ve been saying to the team is that we need to get into those areas more and need to be testing the goalkeeper more. I think the first two goals were testament to that.”


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