Date: 9th March 2016 at 1:22pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his frustration following the scoreless draw with Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Hosting Wednesday at the Amex on a Tuesday – that sentence has a ring to it – the match was basically a damp squib and only served to achieve annoyance.

Brighton edged possession by 9%, but only had four attempts on goal, and not one registered as on target. The visitors had seven, but did give David Stockdale something to think about twice.

Neither did enough to win, and Hughton’s frustration was clear to see as he spoke to the media in his after game press interviews.

The Official Site have the gaffer quoted as saying.

‘It was frustrating but you have to give Sheffield Wednesday credit. They came here to make it difficult for us. We have been very good at home in the last couple of games and we have scored a lot of goals, and they were very conscious of that. They worked very hard, but we needed to show a bit more than we did offensively. They are a good Sheffield Wednesday team and we found it hard to break them down.’

It was similar largely to the Preston draw at the weekend, and going two for two on draws was another frustration as we should be able to break sides like that down given the quality in the ranks.

‘They are a good side and they made a few changes, which is what they tend to do when they have two games in a week. They are not in the position that they are in this league for no reason. They have been up and around the top six all season and have got good quality and a lot of energy in their side. Sometimes when you set the team up like they did, it is easier to do that away from home. There is a little bit more pressure on you to win games at home. But credit to them, they have got good ability and we were the home side. We needed to show that little bit more to break them down.’

With changes ourselves seeing Beram Kayal rested whilst Steve Sidwell came in for his third start since joining on loan, despite Sidwell being critical of his own performance, Hughton felt his home starting debut had been a decent showing.

‘Beram has played a lot of games for us and has done very well for us, but we had an opportunity to use the squad. We have got a lot of fit players at the moment and it certainly wasn’t in regards of any injury to him, it was just an opportunity to change things. What he did was a good job for us in the middle of the park, which is an important role as they are quite strong on the counter attack. He broke up a lot of attacks and I was very happy with him, but overall, for all of us, it was a frustrating day.’

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