Date: 30th August 2015 at 4:30pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has dedicated our three two victory yesterday over Ipswich Town to the memory of Matt Grimstone, Jacob Schilt and the other victims of the tragic Shoreham Air Crash.

Video – Ipswich Highlights
Audio – Ipswich Win Reactions

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Hughton said he’d been touched with pride when it came to the reactions of the fans, the club and the community to the loss of life, that of course involved groundsman Matt and fellow fan Jacob.

‘It’s been an emotional week, and our focus was particularly with Matt being one of our ground staff and a massive Brighton supporter; everyone wanted to do well for him. That’s not taking anything away from Jacob who had very close ties to the club too, and of course all those others that lost their lives because it is something that has affected all of us. The club and supporters have done an outstanding job in supporting the families and authorities, and it was our responsibility to do the best that we could today. It was a wonderful tribute from the players and all the staff to dedicate such a good win, in particular to Matt and Jacob because they had the closest ties to the club, but of course to all that lost their lives.’

As for the game itself, Hughton went on to say that he felt we had played some fantastic football on the day, and more than deserved victory over the side that at the point sat top of the Championship table.

‘I thought we played some excellent football, but probably the biggest disappointment was that after going 2-0 up, we let them peg it back to 2-2. At that moment, I didn`t feel it showed an accurate reflection of the game, but we showed great character to come back. It`s very difficult when you`re away from home and all the momentum is with the home side. On most occasions, the home side would then go onto win. But I thought our counter-attacking was very good today and there were times where we could`ve made it a bit more comfortable for ourselves, but they are a very good side.’

Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed came in for special praise for their workrate on the day, and the gaffer also said he was delighted to give Bobby Zamora his late second debut as he continues to build his fitness having arrived back at the club.

‘We needed to make a change at that stage because the front two had to put in a real hard stint, so if any players were going to be replaced today then it would be them. I was pleased to see Bobby come on. He`s got another two weeks until our next game and that will give us two more weeks to work with him.’

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