Date: 6th April 2016 at 4:10pm
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Manager Chris Hughton and Assistant gaffer Colin Calderwood have both given their thoughts following victory over Birmingham City last night.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Hughton praised the response of the players in the game that saw second half goals come from both Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk, given the hosts gaining advantage in the first period.

‘Birmingham had the disappointment of conceding so late in their game, and we knew their tails were going to be up, so it was a really good result tonight. Their goal was unfortunate for Stocko, who has been excellent for us this season, but these things happen and you`re looking for a reaction. It was good to get it from a set-play and it didn`t seem to be the type of game where there were going to be many chances. It was about the team that had that bit of control to put them in, but it was a really good response to conceding. They are scrapping and they`ve had an excellent season being around the play-off positions. They have recruited well in both windows and when you look at their squad, it`s better than what they`ve had before. He`s (Gary Rowett) done a super job and he`ll want to fight right until the end.’

With questions turning to Brighton’s overall improvement this year as we remain on for potentially a title run, as well as automatic promotion sitting only two points behind Burnley in the Championship table.

With Middlesbrough having a game in hand on both us and Burnley, facing them on the final day could be all important now.

‘We had a very good start to the season where we went a long period unbeaten, but probably had too many draws. Then we had a difficult period and that`s when you start to look at the characters in the side and where you`re going to get some goals from. We then started to get some goals and we managed to keep that momentum going. There`s going to be some results that go for you and some that don`t and certainly the Hull result was a surprise, but that`s how this division is. I hope the Middlesbrough game is a meaningful one. I know they have a lot of home games in their run-in and they`re going to be very strong. We also play Derby in the second to last game at the Amex, so we certainly have a tough run-in.’

As for Calderwood, giving his own reaction to the game he focused on the fact both goals came from set pieces, and he was personally delighted with that.

‘There was a terrific delivery on both from Jiri and that`s something we`ve seen from open play time and time again and in training. He`s been important to us and we`ve been able to freshen people up in the wide areas. The deliveries were good and it`s constant work from the boys on set-plays that has taken time to reap its rewards. We hoped it would happen earlier in the season, but we`re getting them now and you can see the importance of corners, to us, for and against. Every team in the league has a real weakness or danger from there. It`s a scenario where no-one likes to concede goals, but unfortunately with some of that quality, you have to accept one or two things.’

With six games remaining in the season and automatic promotion still well on, Calderwood ended by saying.

‘We`ve looked back through the history books at runs, but undoubtedly there`s a number of points we`ve got to get to and that will include trying to win next Monday. We go into the last six games after having a good return from our recent matches. If we keep doing that and get what we set ourselves, we won`t be too far away.’

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