Date: 29th November 2016 at 4:26pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has given his thoughts following the victory over Fulham at the weekend and the appointment of Paul Trollope ahead of the match.

Hosting the side at the Amex Stadium for the game, Brighton went behind inside of the opening 20 minutes, but second half goals from Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray gave us the two one victory ultimately.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Hughton was full of praise for the way the players stepped up their game in the second period, as he knew first half that had been very below par.

‘We were nowhere near our levels in that first-half period, but I was quite confident that we`d be better in the second half. But whether that meant we`d get the goals or not concede again was always going to be down to our quality and ability. We were up against a very good footballing side, who are very expansive. If you don`t get tighter to them or keep the ball well enough, then it`s always going to be tough. It was a typical Championship game with a lot of incidents, but fortunately for us, we came out on top.’

With goalkeeper David Stockdale coming up with a number of good saves on the day, he obviously came in for praise from the manager post game.

‘For David Stockdale, he was probably tested more than in any game so far this season, considering their goal, and the amount of corners and crosses they sent in. There was really good quality in their deliveries, so he had to make sure he positioned himself very well. But in a game like this, against a quality side like Fulham, you do sometimes need your goalkeeper to make good saves, and that`s what he did.’

The victory of course closed the gap on Newcastle United to only two points, but Hughton wasn’t going to get sidetracked by looking at others, knowing we had to continue focusing on ourselves.

‘It`s about looking at the momentum we`ve got and getting the kind of results that we got today; that`s more important than looking at the league table. If you`re somebody that looks at the league table on a regular basis, you`ll drive yourself mad. It`s about thinking about the next game and putting into practice the things that we do well. We didn`t do that in the first-half period, but fortunately we did in the second half.’

With the departure of Colin Calderwood to Aston Villa, Brighton’s search for a new assistant manager had been ongoing until ahead of the game where former Welsh coach and Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope was identified as the man to replace him – and appointed.

‘The reason he was given the job in the first place was because of the job he`d done as an assistant, they obviously saw him at that level and trusted him. It was a difficult time for him, where he dealt with a few injuries, and of course we all know this game is based on results. Owners of clubs are not prepared to wait like they used to. So it was tough on him, but he`s very resilient, and once one door closes, you have to look for the next best opportunity, and I`m delighted that he chose here.’

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