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23 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised midfielder Pascal Gross for his fine performance against Manchester United, and explained how the German is adapting well to playing in a deeper role. 
Gross set up a nervy finish for the hosts in Saturday’s game at Old Trafford with a deft finish in the second half, and Hughton praised the German’s intelligence on the ball in his new position.
He said, "I'm pleased for Pascal. He is playing in a little bit of a different position than he did last year, because of the way that we are playing.
"That probably doesn't give him the opportunities of getting in those areas, but he did exactly what we want him to do, which is to make runs from perhaps that little bit deeper.
“He also showed some good timing with those runs from the edge of the box. I think the goal will do him the world of good."
Hughton also spoke about Glenn Murray's current run of eight games without a goal, and the Seagulls boss is confident the Albion frontman’s fortunes will change.
“Glenn's an experienced player and he would have had lots of periods in his career when he is playing regularly, not playing so regularly, scoring goals and not scoring goals.
"He is always a player that will put himself up and put himself in those positions to try to get the end product that he wants."
Attention turned to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion, and the manager explained that he will tinker with the squad, as per the last round against AFC Bournemouth.
"I will make changes. I've got a very competitive squad. For the Bournemouth game I made eight changes, so certainly I will do that again.”

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