Date: 11th April 2017 at 2:06am
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Manager Chris Hughton has reflected on a hard fought victory for Brighton in Friday evening’s clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Heading to Loftus Road for the game in front of the Sky cameras, Brighton battled to a two goal lead with Glenn Murray and Sebastien Pocognoli both finding the net, but QPR did claw one back with just over 15 minutes remaining in the match.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Hughton had to credit the side for the hard work they put into the match because he knew it wasn’t easy.

‘I`m pleased with the manner of how we won, as we were under a lot of pressure in that last 20-25 minutes and Matt Smith`s a real handful upfront. We rode our luck a little bit, but we had some good opportunities ourselves to break away and perhaps increase the scoreline. We had to defend very well, and of course at that stage [2-1], you end up defending very deep. But if they`d of got the equaliser, that would have been a little bit of injustice. We were overall the better side today and deserved to win. It was a big game for us, and I thought the supporters were magnificent right the way through.’

With Murray breaking the deadlock on the day before Pocognoli doubled our advantage with his set piece, Hughton went on to say about both goals.

‘I couldn`t see the angle well from where I was, and sometimes with that sort of finish (Murray`s), when you`re one-v-one, you`re better off being at an angle, but it was reasonably straight. It`s a very good finish because he`s one-v-one with the keeper, and probably on more occasions than not, when it`s a fairly straight angle, the keeper gets a touch to it. He`s a player that, over the years, has been used to being in positions like that, and that certainly helps. It was one that lifted any kind of anxiety that we had, because QPR were always a threat.’

As for Pocognoli’s goal, he went on to explain.

‘I thought Anthony Knockaert was going to take it, only because Seb Pocognoli hasn`t featured as much as the others. On a lot of the work we`ve done with free-kicks, it`s usually been Jiri Skalak or Anthony on them. It was a bit of a surprise, but it was a real quality finish, and certainly no blame can be given to the goalkeeper. When it`s that clear in the corner and comes off the crossbar, I don`t think anybody`s saving it.’

With Lewis Dunk being replaced by Fikayo Tomori at the half time break, Hughton went on to explain his departure – saying he left for the second successive game owing to sickness.

‘It`s a real tough one because you`ve got to rely on the information from the player. When you`ve got a tough lad like Dunky, he wants to play. He trained yesterday and he was absolutely fine, no problems. He completed the warm up and said he didn`t feel 100 per cent, but would give it a go. So I went with his judgement and I thought he did great in the first half, but by half time he obviously couldn`t continue, and of course Tomori`s come on and done well again.’

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