Date: 7th March 2016 at 5:16pm
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Chris Hughton admits Connor Goldson took a ‘bit of a bashing’ (literally against Preston at the weekend, getting clobbered more than once) in the early stages of his Brighton career but such has been his reaction, and is his form now, he’s keeping fit again captain Gordon Greer out of the side.

Hughton has opted to keep faith with Goldson alongside Lewis Dunk, who has also come in for praise for his recovery from ac ‘tough period’ too.

Like I say Goldson’s had some difficult moments for Albion since his arrival from Shrewsbury but Hughton’s pleased with the important role he’s played in the defence recently including the part in the Preston draw.

As a young defender Hughton has said learning from mistakes and difficult times is what he needed and will stand him in good stead going forward, telling the Argus.

‘He is on the back of three clean sheets and he plays a part in that. He took a bit of a bashing but that is all part of his education. He is a young centre-half in what is very much an experienced position and he is doing very well at the moment.’

It would have been easy for Hughton to cast him aside when Greer returned but his faith in him has been rewarded hasn’t it.

As regards to Dunk, who wouldn’t have been helped earlier in the season by all the rumour and speculation surrounding his future before a new long-term deal was signed, the boss added.

‘He had a tough period a little while ago. He`s come through that with flying colours. These clean sheets will do him and the back four the world of good.’

The pair are forming a good pairing at the moment aren’t they?

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