Date: 27th February 2017 at 2:13pm
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Manager Chris Hughton was a pleased man at the full time whistle in the weekend’s clash with Reading.

Hosting Jaap Stam’s side at the Amex Stadium for the weekend’s Championship action, Brighton put themselves back to the summit of the table with a three nil victory that saw goals from Sam Baldock, Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert, and Hughton could’ve have been more pleased with the performance we put in.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a delighted gaffer explained.

‘We`re on the back of a really professional performance tonight. We were against a really good, expansive side that keep possession very well. You have to defend well against them and I thought we did. We limited them to minimal chances. You then hope you get the breaks and we certainly got them. We needed a good save from David Stockdale in the first half to keep us well in the game, but we broke very well and we were well worth our win. The gap between ourselves and third place is back at six points, and that`s probably the most important position that we can be in.’

Hughton went on to praise the game management of the side on the day and the counter attacking ethic used as we took our chances well and could’ve potentially won by a larger margin.

‘When you`re playing against the likes of Reading and Huddersfield, you do have to do more work because they`re different to the average side in this division, because of the way they play. It`s very difficult to press in all areas, they`re very expansive and have good quality on the ball. If you can stay solid enough, then I think you give yourself an opportunity. They can hurt you, and the longer the game stays at 0-0, you know you`ll get chances but you have to capitalise on them, and tonight we did.’

Reading’s best chance was Danny Williams’ header but that was cleared off the line by Shane Duffy, and the player again came in for praise from the gaffer as we picked up another clean sheet this season.

‘It`s a pivotal moment because if they had of got that one, they`d have been back in the game and wouldn`t have needed to keep pushing. Them pushing to get back into the game allowed us to get the second and third goals, so it was certainly a very important moment.’

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