Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the two moments of quality that allowed his team to secure three points against Crystal Palace this afternoon, as the Seagulls won 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Glenn Murray’s composed finish broke the deadlock against his former club, before Luka Milivojevic equalised from the penalty spot after the break.
But Anthony Knockaert’s stunning effort put the Seagulls back in front after 74 minutes, and Hughton was delighted to see his team record back-to-back victories in the Premier League to move eight points clear of the relegation zone.
He said, “I know the nature of the game — a derby game for the supporters — but for whatever that means, the three points mean even more.
“With where we are at this moment and the group of teams around us, where everyone is capable of winning games, it was really important to build on last week.
“We had to go through a period where we couldn't concede again. We weathered that storm, and if we had a bit more control at times, we would have had more opportunities.
“In the 90 minutes, there weren’t clear chances for either team. It was going to be about which team could pull something out of the bag — that little bit of quality or a penalty in their case.
“Fortunately for us, we had two really good moments of quality and that allowed us to win the game.”
Murray was originally named on the bench for the Seagulls, before Florin Andone pulled up with an injury in the warm-up, and Hughton commented on the late switch that allowed the 35-year-old to score his 100th league goal for the club.
“Glenn had been playing recently and we have good competition up there. We had Andone on the bench in our last game and he changed the game with the winning goal.
“Sometimes if it’s early in the warm-up, you know you’re making a change, but this was very late, almost as the players were coming off.
“If Andone starts, he might have done well and got the winner. But equally if you have to make that change late before the game, Glenn’s not a bad option to bring in.”
Aside from Albion’s goals, Hughton gave his thoughts on the other key incidents at Selhurst Park, including Knockaert’s early challenge on Milivojevic and Shane Duffy’s appeal for a penalty.
“There were three incidents. I’m going on what all of my staff have told me, we should of had a penalty when Duffy was pulled back in the box.
“Theirs was a penalty, but I was very close to the Anthony Knockaert foul, and what you had was two players that equally went for the ball.
“My first impression was that neither player would get booked. What was deemed was that Anthony’s foot was raised slightly higher.
“Absolutely no to a red card. With the game the way it is at the moment, a yellow card was the right decision.”