Date: 23rd July 2015 at 8:59pm
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Brighton continued their pre season preparations last night with a three nil victory over Crawley Town.

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Making the trip to the Checkatrade.com stadium, Brighton took the comfortable three nil victory with goals coming from Dale Stephens, new signing Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal.

The opening goal from Stephens came on the 16 minute mark as he connected with a delivery from Liam Rosenior to finish acrobatically past their keeper. Brighton doubled their advantage on the 23 minute mark through Hemed as he latched onto a deflected Kazenga LuaLua freekick to slot home.

The scoring was finished two minutes before the 30 minute mark in the game as LuaLua grabbed himself a second assist of the night and set up Kayal.

Manager Chris Hughton made a host of changes inside of the final 30 minutes of the match to get further game time into the legs of players.

Brighton:

Stockdale (Manepaa 66), Rosenior (Chicksen 66), Rea, Bong (White 66), Bruno (Dallison 46), Stephens (Monakana 66), Kayal (Holla 66), March (Calderon 24), LuaLua (Ince 66), Baldock (Tilley 66), Hemed (O’Grady 66).

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Hughton was obviously pleased with Brighton’s efforts on the night and he picked out new striker Hemed for particular praise.

‘The type of goal he scored is him down to a tee. He desperately wants to do well and he is someone who will be in a good position when the ball comes into the box. With regards to getting himself into good areas, that’s something he does very well, and it’s down to the team to give him the right type of service.’

Hughton went on to say that obviously Hemed needs to continue to adjust to life in England and the Championship, but he feels from training so far he’s beginning to do that and understands the physical elements to our game.

As for the match in general, he went on to add that he was pleased with the tempo and the competitiveness of the fixture with the season drawing near and he believed the game held positives for the club in our preparations.

‘There was a really good tempo to the game, and we expected that, it is a very good surface here and we knew it would be a level above some of the games we’ve played. Southampton was a very good technical game against really good opposition, but we knew that this game would be very competitive here in the stadium and that’s how it turned out to be.’

A further positive he pointed out was the clinical nature of the finishing on the night, given that was something Brighton struggled with last season as he’s spoken about numerous times before.

‘It’s nice to see us finishing so clinically, we realised after last season that was an area in which we needed to improve. It’s now about us trying to get more intensity in the final third and to get the ball in there more often and hopefully that can pay off; it was a really good tempo from the start. Dale Stephens may have misplaced his goal – although he might say something a bit different – but it’s more important that he’s getting into those areas; Beram too, as it’s all about getting those opportunities.’

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