Date: 9th November 2015 at 9:43am
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his pleasure at Brighton’s progress so far this season as we picked up another three points against MK Dons on Saturday.

Video – MK Dons Highlights
Audio – Hughton & March On MK Dons

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press duties, a pleased gaffer said that it had been important that we had returned to winning ways following the three draws on the spin in recent times.

‘I`ve been delighted with all of the challenges so far. If you are top of the division it`s more of a challenge, but the way that the players have handled themselves has been excellent. The team have enjoyed being where we are and they won`t want to come out of the top group of teams. That`s the competitive nature of what we do, it`s been a nice feeling being where we were and we want to stay around there. I am very proud and I couldn`t have asked for anymore from the players, but you still reflect on some of the draws that really should have been wins. We would be in a really good position, so I`m very proud of the team but we do need to start turning the draws into wins.’

Hughton also talked about Beram Kayal and praised him for his performances so far this season, along with his growing partnership with Dale Stephens.

‘He is playing like the person I expected him to be; he has got a real drive and wants to play a lot of games after having a fluctuating time at Celtic with a big injury; he is delighted to be back playing football. He gives us options in the middle of the park and he wants to do well; he has built a great relationship with Dale Stephens and with the introduction of Andrew Crofts and Danny Holla, he`s aware of the competition for places. If I am looking at consistent partnerships, then I don`t see many better than Beram and Dale. With the two of them playing regularly it has given them the opportunity to learn how to play together and they are a big part of the team. They have been able to contribute with goals; Dale has scored several and they have certainly built a target to contribute more in that area.’

More specifically about the opposition on the day, he went on to add in a secondary piece carried that he was thrilled to have notched up history given it was now a new club record of 17 matches without defeat following the weekend.

The last record of 16 being set back in the 1930-31 season.

‘It’s a wonderful achievement and the record is something of which we are all very proud, because we all know how difficult it is in the Championship. I am also proud of the manner in which we have done it. Generally we have not been a team that have swept other teams away and won comfortably. We have been a team that has had to work very hard for every result and that shows a real character in the squad. It is a great achievement and the manner in which we have done it should make them even more proud as a team. Most importantly we got the win today which keeps us very much in contention at the top – which is where we want to be. In this league we had another tough game today which we deserved to win, but which you always know can go either way. At this moment it is a nice feeling to be inside the top two. We have deserved it.’

With a penalty scare in the game, Hughton went on to concede that our opponents could easily have seen that decision go their way and had it done, he would’ve had few complaints.

‘Any manager playing away from home, you would appeal hard for something like that. Seeing it from where I was, I thought it could have gone either way. The referee and linesman were much closer than me, and did not give it, but I would not have been surprised if it had been given. Their goal was a half chance and fair play to the lad, it was a very good strike; but it was their only chance in that first half so it was tough on us at half-time not to be winning by more and as a result, the second half was a little bit tougher.’

With Sam Baldock going off injured with a thigh problem, Hughton also said it was too early to make an assessment on that although we should know any severity early on in the week – but it was positive news for Gordon Greer and Kazenga LuaLua.

‘It`s a bit early to know how bad it is for Sam. It`s his thigh and we will assess that over the next few days. The good thing is that Gordon Greer will be fit for the Burnley game and we will be looking for Kazenga to resume training on Monday week. Hopefully he can have a good week before the Burnley game.’

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