Date: 3rd April 2017 at 7:15am
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton has reflected on a tough victory over Blackburn Rovers last weekend and whilst he knew the performance could certainly have been better, with so few games remaining in 2015/16 and promotion via the automatic spots – if not potentially claiming the Championship title itself – such a real possibility, all he cares about now are points.

Describing it as a vital win for the side as we stayed within a point of first placed Newcastle United, the narrow one nil victory was secured via another goal for Glenn Murray and with seven attempts on target and us not allowing Blackburn a single shot that tested David Stockdale, victory was deserved but the visitors to the Amex deserved praise for their dogged defensive display.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference with the side clearly not at their best, Hughton explained.

‘It was a tough win. I thought Blackburn were good, but we knew that and they had a lot of energy in the side. Tony Mowbray has certainly got them playing and competing. I don`t think we were at our best today, but we were able to raise the performance in the second half and that`s what got us the victory. But there are going to scrappy games at this stage of the season and everyone is going to be fighting for whatever reason. We need to make sure we get the points we need.’

Hughton went on to say that there will be times when you aren’t at your best and what’s important then is grinding out the victory to keep yourselves ticking over and that’s basically when he felt we did.

‘When you don`t play how you would like to and you don`t get the passages of play that you want, then you`ve got to get a result whichever way it comes. It starts with making sure you get a clean sheet, and if you do that, we`ve always got something in the side that can get us a goal. It was a little bit like that today.’

With Murray finishing the game despite taking a knock to the thigh, he obviously took credit for his commitment and now Hughton was hoping that nothing more serious comes from it – but that risk didn’t seem to be there otherwise he wouldn’t have been risked.

‘What you have to do is rely on what players tell you. Glenn`s a little bit sore, but was adamant that it wasn`t a problem. When you`re looking to win the game, you want to keep him on the pitch and he is the one who is going to dictate that.’

Hughton ended by giving an injury update on Bruno and Sam Baldock.

‘Bruno had the same problem and it`s very minor. The only fear with Bruno is that if we push him too hard, he`ll be out for a few games. We`re certainly hopeful that he`ll be around for the two games on Tuesday and Friday. Sam is another one that is a glute problem, which is a minor one. We`re confident that if he doesn`t make Tuesday then he`ll make Friday. They are minimal ones, but the good news is we`ve got Seb Pocognoli and Gaetan Bong back in those left-back positions which gives us good cover there.’

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