Date: 25th April 2016 at 11:11am
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his delight at seeing another resilient performance from Brighton against Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Taking the three one victory with goals coming from Sam Baldock, Jiri Skalak and Tomer Hemed at The Valley, the game will be more known for the interruptions from their fans across the 90, but for Hughton that was a pleasure from his point of view because the players didn’t let it effect them and they still got the three points to tie us level with Burnley and Middlesbrough in the title race and race for promotion to the Premier League.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a delighted Hughton explained.

‘It was an unusual game to play in; I`ve not been involved in a game like that with what was going on off the pitch, so the players` concentration levels had to be very high. It changed the atmosphere in the ground but the thing that impressed me most was that when Charlton got back into the game, we found another gear to win it. We needed that today because we weren`t at our best. I thought some of Charlton`s play was fairly exciting with creativity in the wide areas. We had to pick up the game again and we did.’

With Skalak getting the second goal, and two in two for him, he came in for praise from the manager.

‘He has been important for us, not just the two goals he’s scored in the last two games, but his assists too. He’s played a big part in the run were having, but the win is testament to everyone who’s played today, because it had to be a team performance. You also need players to show their individual skills to help you get back into a game. The penalty saw some excellent play by Anthony Knockaert, but overall it had to be a good team performance.’

With a good travelling contingent again, he also had praise for the fans.

‘We had 7,000 that travelled to MK Dons a good few weeks ago, and we certainly needed them because that was a tight affair in the end. I know there`s a close association between our supporters and Charlton supporters. Our fans drove the team on which was important.’

Ending his interview, he spoke of Liam Rosenior’s injury but also his pleasure at Gaeten Bong’s performance.

‘I think he’s (Liam) okay, it was only a spasm in his back, which is good news. I didn’t know that at the time, but it gave us a good opportunity for Gaetan, who’s been out for a while, to play and get some vital experience. I think Liam will be fine.’

Skalak was also interviewed at the full time whistle following his impressive performance on the day.

‘It was a difficult match for us. In the first half it was quite even and both sides had chances. But it was a good time to score after only eight minutes because the team played better after that. The second half was crazy because we had more chances than Charlton, but I am very happy with the win. We now only have two games left that we must win and if we do, then we`ll go up.’

He ended by saying that although he’s pleased with two in two, for him as long as we get the three points he doesn’t overly care.

‘It was good work from Beram as he went past two players and found me. I scored in the top corner and it`s a good goal for me; I am very happy for myself, the club and the fans. For me it`s not important who get the goals though, as long as Brighton win – that`s the most important thing.’

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