Date: 13th September 2015 at 5:20pm
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With the game yesterday against Hull seeing a tribute to Matt, Jacob and the others who lost their lives tragically in the Shoreham Airshow, manager Chris Hughton has said he felt the one nil victory had been a good way for Brighton to make that themselves.



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Speaking to the Official Site after what was an emotional day for many, Hughton said he believes the players had produced a fitting performance on the day.

‘Firstly, I would like to thank the players, staff, and supporters of Hull, who I thought were excellent today. It is a tragedy that affected us locally here very much but they were sympathetic. It has been quite a tough time, but that was a club and a community pulling together and it was a fitting and wonderful tribute – not only for this football club but more so for the local community.’

Hughton says that given the day and the atmosphere that surrounds it, sometimes teams will start slowly as the day does affect their focus, but that wasn’t the case.

‘Sometimes in these types of games where you have tributes it can be a slow start but we started well and the team put on a fitting performance, especially for the two lads. We have been starting well in games this season. It is very difficult to keep that going for 90 minutes and almost impossible against the quality that Hull have got. They will certainly be challenging for the top six come the end of the season so to get the type of victory we did was pleasing because it was a different type of game.’

Talking more generally about the 90 minutes itself, the gaffer went on to say that he felt given our dominance in the first half we probably should’ve been in a better position score wise, but defensively we were spot on as well and he was delighted with a third straight home clean sheet.

‘We had a really good period in the first half and probably needed to get that second goal. Then we had to defend very well for a fair chunk of the second half, but we did and a clean sheet was thoroughly deserved. I thought that we started very well and if you can score when you have that strong period then all the better. We defended very well. A second goal would have taken pressure off the team, but defensively clean sheets mean a lot to the goalkeeper, the back four and the team, and it shows that we are a tight team who are not going to lose easily.’

With Kazenga LuaLua picking up another booking in the game, now having five from the opening eight and having to sit out Rotherham on Tuesday with a suspension, Hughton said it’s just a by product of his ‘increased industry’ on the pitch so he’s not concerned by it, as they aren’t silly bookings in his eyes.

‘When players pick up a silly booking then that can be frustrating. However, with someone like Kazenga and the type of player he is – someone who is working for the team – it’s unfortunate but it comes with his game. He is working hard both ways. He is not somebody who is as natural tackler, but you need to look at the shift that he is putting in – which he needed to do today, particularly in that first half as they were very strong down that right hand side.’

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