Date: 27th September 2015 at 4:45pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said that awful decisions in the game against Bolton Wanderers yesterday cost us all three points.

Video – Bolton Highlights
Audio – Hughton & Zamora On Bolton Draw

Speaking to the Official Site following the two all draw with Bolton, Hughton was incensed by some of the decisions that counted against the squad and in his mind more then contributed to us not taking maximum points from the match.

An unapologetic Hughton said of the red card shown to Jamie Murphy.

‘My first impression from 50 to 60 yards away was that he slipped and that he swept the lads feet away from him. We were in a position last week at Wolves where a lad got sent off and his feet were off the ground, studs showing and he caught Liam Rosenior – that is my definition of dangerous play. Today, Jamie slipped and swept the lad’s feet away from him. The reaction of the player may have made the referee choose a red card instead of a yellow card. My opinion hasn’t changed; it is an awful decision and there is no doubt it has changed the game.’

Hughton went on to say Bolton got the equaliser from putting ‘pressure’ and ‘balls into the box’ that they simply wouldn’t have been able to had we still had eleven players on the pitch, so for him the referee had definitely cost us two points on the day.

‘It is a really tough one to take as we deserved all three points, but in regards to character in the dressing room there is plenty of that and at times today we had some really good phases of play, and could have increased the lead at 2-0 if our passing had been a bit more precise. The goal hurt us just before half-time and gave them a lift but I have no doubts that the result changed on the referee`s decision.’

The gaffer went on to say his initial gut reaction is to appeal the red card, but obviously he’ll take a look at the incident with others when his head is clearer tomorrow before making a final decision.

‘We have to take guidance and see as many angles as we can but what I have seen so far doesn’t warrant a red card.’

Despite that disappointment Hughton knew there were plenty of positives that we could take from the match, but it was gutting because even when down to ten men he felt we would see it out for the win.

‘I didn’t think we were going to concede, it took a long ball and the lad has jumped well and he is good in the air. I knew we would have to defend but I was as comfortable as you can be against that type of scenario. What I have to do is give the players credit as that last period was a tough ask and we came very close. It is a down changing room and I think that says something.’

One thing to note, despite the draw, it does mean that this is Brighton’s best start to a season since the 1953/54 season with us remaining unbeaten in the first nine league games of the campaign this year – in itself a new record for the club.

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