Date: 22nd September 2016 at 6:40pm
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Manager Chris Hughton gives his thoughts on the weekend’s victory over Burton and the League Cup tie against Reading.

Beginning with Burton, Hughton told the Official Site in his post game press conference that he felt we were made to work very hard for the one nil victory and our second straight victory.

‘I don`t think there`s anyone who would say we didn`t deserve the win, but we found it hard work. We did say at half-time that we have to keep persevering to get the openings, but credit to Burton they made it very tough for us. Once you get to that late stage of the game you wonder whether it`s going to happen, and if it`s going to take a bit of good fortune. We got that the other night with the goalkeeper`s mistake, otherwise it would have taken a bit of quality. From what I`ve seen, it looked like a penalty and it was going to take something like that to win the game. It`s been a good week and sometimes you can gain a lot from games that haven`t gone your way, but you`ve found a way to win.’

With Jamie Murphy going to a more support role, and Anthony Knockaert moving to the wing, Hughton went on to say.

‘We certainly got some movement from the front two and we wanted to get some runs in behind. Away from home, we went with Glenn Murray and Tomer in the early games and against three today, we needed more movement off the front and something different up top. That`s my choice and on another day it will be completely different. We certainly had enough of the ball in good areas and I was happy with that. The only thing I wasn`t happy with was us not being clinical enough in the final third.’

As for the League Cup third round tie on Tuesday evening, Brighton lost out two one at the Amex, and Hughton was hugely frustrated with the way the side conceded the goals on the evening.

‘We conceded two poor goals against a team that started better than us. With the system they played, we found it difficult to get as close as we wanted, and I thought it was always going to be about the team that was more clinical in front of goal. There`s no doubt that we had more chances than them, and got the ball into the box more often, but we weren`t able to convert our chances. We made it a really exciting cup tie in that last half-hour of the game, but it wasn`t enough in the end.’

With them reduced to ten men on the day, Hughton also knew we had to take our opportunities better when they fell, and show more quality to make that extra man’s advantage count, and we simply didn’t.

‘They defended very well and put the onus on us to break them down, and you`ve either got to have a little bit of luck, be able to stretch them, or show that little bit of quality. In that period, it wasn`t through lack of trying or not getting enough balls into the box, but they`ve got to be a certain level of quality and you`ve got to force that ball over the line. The one goal that we did get probably came a little too late, as had it been a touch earlier, I think we would have had a really good chance of getting back into the game. But we paid the price for conceding the two goals that we did.’

He also stood by his decision to make eleven changes despite the loss, and still believes had we played better, the squad selected should’ve took victory.

‘We`ve got a very competitive squad at the moment, and the team that we put out tonight was a good enough team to win the game. He`s a promising young player (Rob Hunt) and I think over the 90 minutes he acquitted himself very well, but it was also a very good opportunity for Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier, who haven`t had many minutes at first-team level. Steve Sidwell and Oliver Norwood are both players that have been very involved with the first team, so we certainly had enough experience out there.’

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