Date: 7th August 2016 at 10:26pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has reflected positively on the Championship opener against Derby County at the weekend.

Travelling to the iPro Stadium to face off against last season’s fellow Play Off contenders, the sides played out a scoreless draw on the day but with Brighton having the better and clearer opportunities, Hughton believed it was a good point against a side he expected to challenge again, but also a good foundation for us to move forward from in the 2016/17 season.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, the satisfied gaffer explained.

‘You always want to start with a good result and I thought that we got a good point today, even though we had opportunities to score. We probably edged it with the number of chances we had, but we needed Stocko to make a couple of really good saves. I thought it was a fair result; there wasn`t much in it in terms of the balance of play and we had a really good period in the second half. We know how tough this season is going to be, particularly with the teams that have come down, so to start well is something to build on. We started well last season and I don`t think anyone expected to start the way we did.’

With Dale Stephens suspended from last year, Hughton went on to praise the performance of Steve Sidwell who stepped in to the starting line up as his replacement.

‘The performance from Siddy was no surprise; we knew what he could do after he joined us on loan last season. He slotted in well in last season`s play-off games and showed great energy. He`s another experienced one, knows this level and is a fit lad. He`s someone that can read the game well, wants to play it forward and is clever at knowing when you can or can`t play the ball.’

Skipper Bruno also came in for praise.

‘I thought he was excellent. That`s what you get with Bruno and he`s a very experienced campaigner. We all know his best position is at right-back, but he`s able to play in the centre too because of his experience. I thought he and Lewis Dunk were brilliant.’

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