Date: 22nd March 2015 at 4:20pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said he was pleased with both the performance and the result against Blackburn Rovers in our trip to Ewood Park yesterday.

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Albion secured the win through an own goal midway through the first half and despite Blackburn having the better of the game statistics on their home patch, we held out resolutely for all three points.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game Hughton was obviously delighted to pick up our first travelling success since back on January 10.

‘We were excellent today. They are a good side and have real threats upfront and with the two out wide. They like to get as many balls into the front and into the box as they can, so your game management and your discipline has got to be very good. I thought we coped with it very, very well. We broke well and it’s a little bit of an uneven pitch and maybe a little bit of a different surface we would’ve had a little bit more joy with our counterattacking – but I thought it was a victory that we deserved.’

Hughton went on to say that one of his biggest positives for the day was the way ‘we’ responded to going ahead in the game, because it was a fortuitous goal and the kind of goal we don’t often see.

‘I was most pleased with the way we reacted after going ahead. We knew in the second-half they were going to come out strong, and they did and we coped with that. It is nice to be ten points clear and we have a very good goal difference which helps. It’s always nervy times when you’re just above that relegation zone or when the points are minimal points, so it makes days like today even better – particularly the fact that we’re away from home and lately we’ve found it difficult on our travels, so that makes it feel even better.’

The gaffer went on to praise the performance of Rohan Ince in particular as he played the protection role infront of the defence, but he did say it was just one of many good individual performances from the players on the day.

‘I thought there were some really good performances. Rohan was really important today with the way that they played and we wanted to stop that; not so much the service to the front, but their ability to hold that ball and really to work off the front.’

Despite more possession and chances going to Blackburn, Hughton admitted that goalkeeper David Stockdale didn’t have an awful lot to do on the day either, as he didn’t feel they fashioned a clear cut chance to test him with, but of course what did come his way he admirably dealt with – so the overall defensive showing for him was pleasing.

‘David Stockdale didn’t have a clear-cut chance to save, but his handling had to be good today. They put a lot of balls in the box and I think for a goalkeeper these are the toughest type of games because there are lot of decisions you have to make; whether to come for the ball or not, whether to stay between the posts and I thought he got the majority of things right today which was very good. And you have to have somebody that can hold the ball up. With Chris O`Grady if I look at his performances it’s been difficult because he hasn’t got the goals that he would’ve liked, but particularly on a day like today you have to look at his overall contribution and it was important because you`ve got to get the ball up the park, you`ve got to hold onto the ball and give us a chance and he did that.’

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