Date: 6th August 2017 at 10:11pm
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Manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the run out Brighton received in Sunday’s final pre season friendly against Atletico Madrid.

Hosting the Spanish La Liga side at the Amex Stadium yesterday, Brighton did lose three two on the day but for Hughton the positives of the 90 minutes far outweighed the final result.

With Matty Ryan, Pascal Gross, Markus Suttner and Izzy Brown making their home debut, goals for Atletico game from Nicholas Gaiten, Fernando Torres and Lucas Hernandez, whilst our strikes came from Steve Sidwell and Gross.

Both times we battled from a goal behind to tie the scores up, but the visitors got the all important third.

Brighton:

Ryan, Bruno (Rosenior 70), Duffy, Dunk, Suttner (Bong 45), Murphy (March 45, Skalak 89), Stephens, Kayal (Sidwell 45), Brown (LuaLua 89), Gross, Hemed (Knockaert 70).

Subs:

Maenpaa, Huenemeier, Goldson.

Atletico:

Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Gimenez (Godin 68), Lucas, Gabi (Thomas 68), Koke, Gaitan (Augusto 83), Carrasco, Griezmann (Keidi 90), Torres (Correa 68).

Subs:

Moya, Sergi, Amath, Vietto.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, a pleased Hughton explained it proved to be the perfect test ahead of next week’s Premier League kick off.

‘It was a really good game for us. Certainly going into our game against Manchester City next week; we couldn’t have had a more similar test. I`m really pleased that Atletico Madrid agreed to come and I`d like to think that they got some good value from being here as well. Overall, I was happy with what I saw from us. But what Atletico showed was the quality that they`ve got on the ball, right throughout the pitch. They`re not only a top team in Europe, but a top team in the world. We experienced a lot today and had to defend very well. I`m really delighted to get the two goals as well.’

With Mathew Ryan making an error as he failed to hold onto Gaitan’s long range effort in the first half, Hughton was pleased with his overall performance on the day.

‘He would be the one in the whole stadium that feels it the most. He`d made two good saves before that, and overall, if you took that out of the game, he`s had a very good game. But that`s what goalkeepers do, they are the last line and even the top goalkeepers will make mistakes. It`s not about the mistakes they make, but how they react from it.’

Returning to the Amex next weekend to host Manchester City in our Premier League opener, Hughton said of our final week of training.

‘All the preparation will be for what is a massive game for us, and it`s a massive game because it`s out first game in the Premier League. We`re against opposition that have had a very good pre-season and have continued to bring in top-quality players. It`s the normal emotions going into a season; the biggest emotion is really looking forward to it and the excitement. It`s normal to get those emotions as we`re going into a very tough league. In these types of leagues, on given occasions if you don’t get it right, you can get beaten big. You`re up against top, top quality, but the overall feeling is very much one of excitement.’

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