Date: 8th February 2016 at 8:52am
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Manager Chris Hughton has said he felt the performance on Friday evening in front of the television cameras against Brentford was the best performance from the side since he took charge.

He was also pretty adamant that the scoreline should’ve been far larger than the three nil one the side managed with goals coming from Anthony Knockaert, Tomer Hemed and Jamie Murphy.

It was the highest score of the season though it must be said.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, a delighted Hughton explained.

‘It was certainly one of our best performances of the season, and what we were able to get was some goals. As the game went on, Brentford had to push to get back into the game and probably the only disappointment is that we could have got more goals. With the breaks, they were playing quite a high line and they took a few chances – which they had to do – we had a really good opportunity to get more goals. It was a good all-round performance. We can talk about goals and looking to get more, but clean sheets are incredibly important. We had to defend well and we certainly needed David Stockdale for us. He made a very good save in the first half and sometimes games hinge on those moments. Overall though, we had to work very hard as Brentford are a very good team on the ball, but it was a very good all-round performance.’

With additions in January as well as players coming back from injury now, Hughton went on to talk about his pleasure at the increased competition in the ranks as he knows that should drive us on to better this year.

‘The selection decisions are problems that I would rather have than not have and at the minute, we have got really good choices and good pressure on positions. Hopefully over the next few weeks we will see a few more come back in the likes of Gaetan, Liam and Gordon Greer, and that will cause me more problems, but I`d certainly rather have them than not. The Rotherham game was the nadir. Sometimes you can look back and I hope that come the end of the season Rotherham will be the game that we look back on as the only one where I could be critical of the players.’

Hughton went on to say that even in some games that we’ve lost so far this year, and he namechecked Ipswich and Wolves, he couldn’t really criticise the work rate or desire of the players it just didn’t ‘happen for us’ on the day as does happen in football, so he has to be pleased with that.

‘I hope that we can look back and say that we have certainly turned the corner. The recovery started with a really good win away at Blackburn and now off the back of two home wins, we are looking forward to another home game next week. We go into a really tough period the week after next with a lot of midweek games and we will need everything that we have got, but it is certainly nice to play on a Friday night when you win the game.’

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