Date: 22nd February 2016 at 2:16pm
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Manager Chris Hughton and striker Tomer Hemed have both been giving their thoughts following the unexpected heavy defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend.

Making the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium for Saturday’s early kick off, Brighton found themselves on the wrong end of a four one defeat and were actually three nil behind after only half an hour.

Speaking to the Official Site in his after game press conference, Hughton admitted that Brighton certainly weren’t at their best and he demanded a reaction for Tuesday’s tie against Bristol City.

‘We need a reaction. The last performance we had that was similar to today was at Rotherham. We got a good reaction after that, as we went away to Blackburn and got a result and we’ll need to do the same again. Anybody who saw us today, that isn’t how we’ve been this season. We’re a good team and we`ve been a good team for the majority of the season. We know it’s there, but today was a poor day and we’ll look forward to Tuesday night coming around. However, we know that there are no easy games, and we will need to back to our best if we are going to get something against Bristol City on Tuesday.’

Hughton knew that with the performance we put in he certainly couldn’t begrudge the hosts their win, or the size of it, as that was a showing he hadn’t seen coming from the side given recent performances and the season we’ve had largely.

‘We were creating chances and we started the second half well, but I expected that. We had to do that because we conceded such poor goals in the first half and had to try to make amends in that second half. Anthony Knockaert had an opportunity, but shot over and perhaps Tomer Hemed should have laid Bobby Zamora in and we’re back in the game, although we didn’t deserve it. At that stage I felt if we had got a second one, we might just have got it back, but it wasn’t to be. It made it a very hard afternoon for us. I had no complaints about their penalty and I thought their two upfront and the wide players coming in had a big part to play in the game; they were very lively and gave us a tough afternoon defensively.’

As for Hemed, in his own post game press interview he spoke of his confidence at seeing the side bounce back from a very uncharacteristic below par showing.

‘We`re really disappointed with this game. Of course you can lose sometimes in football, but we didn`t think it would be like that and need to see what we did wrong in order to improve. We have just three days before the next game and I`m sure we will learn what went wrong and be much better on Tuesday.’

With the game bringing to an end the five match unbeaten run, Hemed said he hoped a defeat of that nature wouldn’t happen again this year, but for now the squad just have to get back on another unbeaten run to get us back on track and to show this was hopefully just a blip.

‘We had good momentum, so we were a little bit surprised about the result, but it can happen. We`ve had many games this season and maybe it`s the first time we`ve lost in that way. We just need to think about the future and make sure it`s the last game we lose like that. We said at half-time that if we score a quick goal, we can get back into the game. It was possible and we believed that we could come back. After getting back to 3-1 we were close to getting to 3-2. If we had then we would`ve got at least a draw. But then it got to 4-1 with the penalty and from then onwards, it was difficult to get back into the game.’

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