Date: 18th January 2016 at 11:12am
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Manager Chris Hughton has described the weekend’s one nil victory over Blackburn Rovers as being absolutely crucial for Brighton given the run of form since our record unbeaten run was broken.

With further disappointment in the defeat to Rotherham United in midweek, the gaffer couldn’t have been more pleased to see the reaction he had called for on Saturday, as Bobby Zamora’s early strike proved to be enough to see us return to winning ways.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game in his post match press conference, a pleased Hughton explained.

‘We had to show a far better attitude today, which we did and it allowed us to get the result we did. It’s a big win because the performance levels have generally been okay, even in the poor run of results that we’ve had, but that is the nature of this division. We’ve seen today with some of the results what happens in this division. Unless you’re at it every single game, then you can get beaten. As the away team, we had to make sure we put in a performance that could get us something out of the game and overall, we deserved it. It’s certainly good to get back to winning ways and we need to take this on again.’

With a younger centre half pairing of Lewis Dunk and Connor Goldon in the absense of skipper Gordon Greer, Hughton was obviously delighted with their performance and he had to pick out Zamora for his winning strike on his birthday. Tomer Hemed also came in for praise for is own showing.

‘It was a hard-fought victory and we knew that as soon as Chris Brown was playing up top that they would get very direct and we had to cope with a lot of balls into the box. Lewis and Connor were terrific. We had to defend well. If we hadn’t defended as well as we did, then we wouldn’t have got a result. I’m really delighted for Dunky, he’s had a tough time of late, and Connor. We are very much aware of the type of player Lewis is and everyone goes through these periods, it happens and Lewis will be a better player and stronger for it. Connor was equally good and I was also pleased for him, but they also needed a good team around them today and we all had to defend well.’

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‘Beram and Dale had to give them a really good shield and they were probably as direct a team as we’ve played this season, and it’s a difficult place to come. We also needed a bit of quality and Bobby provided that. Bobby led the line very well and Tomer Hemed also had to put in a really good shift, but it was exactly the type of game we knew it would be with the conditions and that we’d have to play a bit more direct than normal. With that being the case, you need somebody that can hold the ball up well and Bobby showed so many good flashes of quality, and then he has got that knack of being in the right place at the right time.’

Hughton also said that Sam Baldock was missing as he had a minor problem and they didn’t think it was worth the risk, so he should come back into contention for the next match having been given the break to rest and recover.

‘He trained the day before yesterday and felt something come up with is calf, so we couldn`t risk it. The good news is that on testing there wasn`t too much of a problem there and hopefully that will see him just miss this game.’

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