Date: 16th July 2016 at 7:51pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has declared himself pleased following victory earlier today against Crawley Town.

Beginning the pre season game portion of the summer with a four nil victory, Brighton saw goals come from Beram Kayal, Tomer Hemed, Glenn Murray and Elvis Manu as we stepped up fitness work ahead of the coming 2016/16 Championship campaign.

Brighton first half:

Maenpaa, Hunt, Hall, Dunk, Bong, Murphy, Stephens, Kayal, LuaLua, Baldock, Hemed.

Brighton second half:

Maenpaa (Sanchez 67), Bruno, Dallison, White, Rosenior, Knockaert, Ince, Sidwell, Bjordal, Murray, Manu.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, a delighted Hughton explained.

‘It was very good. We made a lot of changes, almost complete changes at half time and sometimes in these games when you`ve done well in that first half, it`s difficult to replicate that in the second half with a different team. They made a lot of changes as well, but I was really happy with the performance. Crawley are a little bit ahead of us with regard to competitive games that they`ve played, so it was really important that we put in a good stint today, and we did.’

Hughton was of course delighted to see strikers get on the score sheet, because he knows what a boost to their confidence scoring early on in pre season will be.

‘I remember last summer with Tomer`s first goal in pre-season, that it meant something to him. You want to score goals, wherever they are, they are of great value to you. I am pleased for Glenn and Tomer, and was also pleased for Manu as well. He missed a couple of chances before then and it was a fairly unconventional goal that he did score, but I am really pleased for him and I thought he worked hard.’

With a number of Development Squad players coming in such as Tom Dallison, Ben Hall, Rob Hunt, Henrik Bjordal and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, the gaffer went on to say.

‘We have invested well at under-21 level. The squad is definitely bigger and stronger than it was and we could be looking to them at some stage this season. We`re not allowed to bring in any emergency loans and when you get difficult periods, you want to be able to pull players out from that under-21 group and that`s what we`re trying to do.’

Ending, he also confirmed that Richie Towell missed the match owing to a slight knee injury, and midfield duo Danny Holla and Jake Forster-Caskey simply missed out owing to squad rotation.

With ongoing rumours about JFC’s future, no doubt it won’t take long before Holla has a few column inches himself this coming week.

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