Date: 30th July 2017 at 8:29pm
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his delight at seeing further improvement from the squad as we took a draw from our trip to Carrow Road.

Heading to face Norwich City on Saturday, Brighton secured a one all draw with our goal coming from Pascal Gross and it meant our unbeaten pre season run continues to four games now.

Summer signings Mathew Ryan, Markus Suttner and Gross all started the game with Izzy Brown starting from the bench after his involvement in the Southend friendly.

We did take the lead initially, but Marley Watkins hit back for them.

Norwich City:

Gunn, Martin (Godfrey 80), Zimmermann, Franke, Husband, Reed, Wildschut (Tettey 80), Vrancic, Maddison (Naismith 70), Watkins, Jerome (Oliveira 70).

Subs:

Matthews (GK), McGovern (GK).

Goal: Watkins (42).

Brighton:

Ryan, Bruno (Rosenior 71), Dunk, Duffy (Goldson 77), Suttner, March (Skalak 82), Stephens, Kayal (Sidwell 61), Murphy (Bong 45), Gross (Brown 45), Murray (Hemed 77).

Sub:

Maenpaa (GK).

Goal: Gross (21).

Referee: Darren Deadman.
Attendance: 12,907.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media post game, Hughton was pleased with the challenge that we faced on the day.

‘It was a tough run out and what we always thought was that, almost if you put the pre-season games into two halves, we knew we were going up a level now. They`re a very good side that played a different system. We knew we were coming into a game which would be a bigger test for us and it showed that. Generally, I think we were quite solid and defended well against a very expansive team, but we probably needed to be a little bit better on the ball today.’

With improvements still to be made, we now have a week and two friendlies to go as we prepare for the start of the Premier League season, but Hughton was pleased with where we found ourselves.

‘They`re a week ahead of us, but I wouldn`t say that particularly showed, because we`re also on the back of some good games and good work in pre-season. At times, they were good on the ball, very expansive and sometimes that looks like they’re a little bit ahead of us. But that`s the reason why we`re here, it`s a really good workout and we`ve come to a good team. We need to take the positives into the game on Tuesday, and then of course, the last one next Sunday.’

Girona out in Spain next Tuesday was now what he turned his attentions to.

‘The opposition almost doesn`t come any tougher than our last game against Atletico Madrid, and Girona is a team, like ourselves, that has got promotion from Segunda to La Liga. Again, it`s another tough game away from home, with a different atmosphere. That`s the reason why we took the game and it will be another high-level game.’

Shane Duffy was also speaking post game and he was delighted with the run out we were given.

‘It was a better test, they`re a good team in this league and it was a step up from Southend match. This is where we want to be at this stage of pre-season. We`re still not fully there yet, we need to get more minutes and a feel back for playing in tough games. They had quite a lot of possession, defensively we were quite solid and tested us. You can see why we played them.’

He ended by saying.

‘They started quite well and we were quite sloppy on the ball. They were expansive so we had to do a bit of defending early on, and their formation caught us out a bit, so we had to adapt and go to 3-5-2. After the first 20 minutes we scored, got to grips of the game and were in control for a period. The goal killed us bit and then it was quite an even game all around and anyone could`ve won it.’

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