Date: 27th January 2016 at 9:46am
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Manager Chris Hughton has praised the performances of Anthony Knockaert and Bobby Zamora following the victory over Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

Hosting David Wagner’s side at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, Zamora opened the scoring with Knockaert getting the assist and the new Frenchman then provided James Wilson with his goal just after the hour mark to take the game two one.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, Hughton was obviously delighted with the day’s work.

‘We brought Anthony in because he can bring those moments of real quality. He knows this division having played in that position for a very good Leicester side. We need to score goals and we want players here who can assist, and it was great that Anthony had a hand in both goals today. Anthony works – and that is important. He is as player who works for the team. Sometimes you have a tricky gifted winger who is very comfortable going forwards but isn’t prepared to work backwards. In Anthony, we have a player who is prepared to work both ways and he was really good today.’

Zamora also came in for praise following his performance and having grabbed his 7th goal of the season.

‘The first goal was typical Bobby Zamora. He has the knack of being in the right place at the right time and for the period of time that we can use him, we are getting the best out of him. We can’t use him exactly how we would like to. We have to manage him. It is possible for him to show bursts of great energy because that is what he has. That is just the way that things are. The problem that we have at the moment is trying to get that for 90 minutes. We have to manage it the best way that we can and if he keeps popping up with the goals, then we are doing that right.’

Moving on to talk more about the overall performance on the day, Hughton went on to say he felt we should’ve been more than one goal clear at the half time stage – so to concede their goal on the stroke of it had been disappointing – but he had to be pleased with how the squad didn’t let it effect them.

‘It was a real blow to concede just before half-time. At that stage, we’d had three or four counter-attacks and we really should have been two or three goals up, even though we were up against a really good footballing side. I was really disappointed with the goal we conceded, particularly the timing of it. That gave them a lift that they needed, but in the end it was a result that we thoroughly deserved, even though it was another hard-fought one. Confidence can be a little fragile when you are on a little bit of a bad run, but we got a really good result at Blackburn last week. We have found it a little bit more difficult at home in the last few games and sometimes that can affect confidence, but also, goals change games and give confidence.’

With Dale Stephens going off at the half time break, the gaffer also confirmed he had a dead leg and nothing more serious than that, so he should return for the game against Brentford, as should Sam Baldock and skipper Gordon Greer.

‘Dale has a dead leg. When he went in for the tackle, I knew he was struggling, as he is a really tough lad. The good news is we don’t have a match next weekend, so that will give him and the others some rest and recovery.’

There was also praise for Kazenga LuaLua and his 30 minute run out.

‘The real plus for us at the moment is Kazenga. He has pace and power to cause opponents problems. He has been out for so long and that gives us a real good boost at this time.’

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