Date: 28th September 2016 at 4:35pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has reflected on the scoreless draw with Ipswich Town last night at Portman Road, and he was pretty content with a point.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference after seeing Brighton dig in to take a point in the hard fought encounter, Hughton explained that given we can clearly play better than we did, he had to be satisfied with the clean sheet and a point on the evening.

Especially being reduced to ten men with Dale Stephens’ double yellow carding.

‘When you come away from home and you`re not at your best, then you`ve got to view a draw as a good result. It wasn`t the best of games; they`re a side that press very well and didn`t allow us to pass the ball around as much as we would`ve liked. It wasn`t a game where one team had a clear opportunity, either. They are a good side, press very well and are physical. We have got that physicality too and are a team that cope with this type of game, but what you`ve got to be able to do is to take your moments in the game that are going to break the deadlock. I would have been a bit angry if we had come away with a defeat, but we certainly deserved something from the game.’

As for the sending off, Hughton discussed both cards and did have some sympathy for Stephens.

‘The referee let a lot go in the game, but one thing that we`ve got to learn is that referees are clamping down on dissent and I knew where Dale was coming from with his frustration. That first booking was probably the one that probably got him sent off, and the second one was for a challenge on Jonathan Douglas he had to go for. He`s not quite got there and it is a booking. But I thought it was certainly a foul for the first one.’

There was also praise for the performances of league debutant Sebastien Pocognoli and he confirmed that Beram Kayal will miss the trip on Saturday to Sheffield Wednesday.

‘I thought he did very well considering that he hasn`t played too much football. We needed to bring him up to speed because Gaetan Bong would have played if he hadn’t been suspended. We wanted a bit more time to get him up to the levels he needed to be at, but he did very well. Beram will be missing Saturday, but in these moments you are grateful for what we brought in the summer with Oliver Norwood and Steve Sidwell. These are moments you need your squad and need as many fit players as possible.’

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