Date: 4th February 2017 at 11:03am
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Brighton missed the chance to move four points clear of Newcastle after suffering defeat at Huddersfield on Thursday night. Chris Hughton admitted the better side beat Albion.

He told the Official Website.

‘We lost against by far the better side. We never turned up or played well enough – and you can`t get away with what we tried to get away with tonight.’

The boss admitted when Brighton did level it at one all we were fortunate with Huddersfield eventually going into half time 3-1 up. The sending off of Lewis Dunk in the second half made a difficult job harder.

‘We got ourselves back in the game at 1-1, albeit we were fortunate to do so as they were the better side up until that point, but then you`ve got to have that period of stability where you can then grow into a game and we never did. In fact it started from the kick-off when Bruno ends up getting booked; they then had opportunities and we never settled into any sort of pattern. I can certainly have no complaints, but every team is going to have days like this where for whatever reason, they are not at the races.’

Hughton could have made excuses with Huddersfield’s opener having a suspicion of offside about it with Dunk’s second yellow card also harsh but he didn’t. These were big decisions that went against Brighton but Hughton added they didn’t excuse the poor Albion performance.

‘I think he is in an offside position and there is no doubt he is in front of the goalkeeper. With regards to the sending off, I think Dunky gets the ball but of course he`s on a yellow card and gives the referee a decision to make. They`re the two big decisions but I certainly don`t want to make that an excuse for our performance, because it was a performance that didn`t warrant us getting anything out of the game.’

The absence of Dale Stephens – who has missed all four of our defeats – was again felt. But Hughton went on to say those involved should have been good enough to cover as they had been at Sheffield Wednesday when the midfielder wasn’t involved in one of our best performances of the season.

With the Championship full of sides that are capable of beating each other they’ll do this if you’re not at the level you need to be, which Brighton weren’t at the John Smith’s Stadium against a potential promotion rival.

Hughton finished by saying we’ll have to show significant improvement against Brentford on Sunday of we could suffer again.

‘In this division there are too many good teams that if you don`t play at a level, you can get beat. It`s something I`ve been consistently saying. We were so far off the level today, against a team that`s expansive, with a lot of pace and who work the spaces really well. We`re going to have to be a lot better at Brentford on Sunday than we were today.’

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