Date: 11th March 2015 at 2:54pm
Written by:

Manager Chris Hughton has said he can have no complaints following our two one loss to Reading last night.

Hear Chris Hughton’s After Match Interview (click here)

Goals either side of the half time break gave them victory, and Hughton’s biggest frustration on the night was seeing us concede the second goal so quickly after a Chris O’Grady penalty got us back on level terms in the second half.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer explained.

‘We probably didn’t deserve anything out of the game. In the second half we rallied well and got ourselves back in the game, but it was disappointing to concede again within three or four minutes. We fought so hard to get back into the game in that second half and needed to keep the score at 1-1 for a longer period of time, but three or four minutes later you find yourselves 2-1 down, albeit from a fabulous strike, but we`ve got to defend better on both goals.’

Hughton goes on to say that it’s always concerning when you concede goals, apparently so easy, and our away from continues on that score despite the focus that had been put on it in pre match.

‘It`s a concern when we concede goals and particularly when you feel you can do something about it. We were then at the stage where we had to take chances and throw bodies forward and at that stage it probably could`ve gone either way. We could`ve got back in the game because I thought we had to be quite adventurous, but they could`ve capitalised on the spaces we were leaving.’

Adding that really it was a very scrappy game and the pitch wasn’t the best, but especially in our position these are the games you have to defend correctly in and dig deep for in order to get a result and again we haven’t done that.

With Emmanuel Ledesma being given his full debut since his loan arrival from Middlesbrough, the gaffer went on to say that he had deserved his chance based on his attitude in training and obviously he needs to freshen things up at points – especially going into another tough fixture schedule run.

‘I have brought him in on loan, but it was also an opportunity to make changes because we are going into a busy period of games. Looking at the result tonight, it didn`t have anything to do with the changes that were made, because I thought Jake Forster-Caskey did quite well at times and showed showed some good energy, Greg Halford deserved an opportunity and Kazenga LuaLua got 90 minutes under his belt. For me the changes were right, we just didn`t perform well enough on the night.’

Ending his interview he revealed that Dale Stephens had been left out as a precaution as given his games recently and the fact he had felt something and missed training all week, they didn’t want to push him too far and risk him, but he should be back for the weekend and he also expects to have Craig Mackail-Smith back as well following his slight hamstring issue.

Join The Vital Debate