Date: 10th May 2016 at 12:59pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his pride in the players for their almost automatic promotion run this season.

With the final automatic place coming down to the clash against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last weekend, Brighton needed to win owing to goal difference but could only take a one all draw.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference having seen Brighton narrowly miss out, Hughton knew he couldn’t fault the efforts of the players but he knew ultimately the referee cost us on the day.

Drawing one all and having seen Dale Stephens sent off harshley, he explained.

‘At this moment, there are a lot of different emotions. The biggest emotion is that we are incredibly proud of these lads, they have been terrific all season and it was always going
to be a very difficult game today. We went 1-0 down and we showed great character to respond how we did in a stadium like this and I am very proud of what they’ve done.’

With Stephens finding the leveller in the second half, and then being shown red three minutes later, Hughton went on to say that the club would definitely be appealing the decision.

‘We all know that football is about momentum, and as soon as we got our goal we knew momentum would be with us. The red card decision was wrong and that of course is going to change the game. It’s tough on us because it means we were without a very good player for what was the biggest game the club has had for many years.’

He went on to say that being as close as he was the referee should’ve known better.

‘Referees have a tough job as it is, I know that, but the biggest disappointment for me is that the referee was the closest person to the incident. My first impression is that it was never a red card, I wasn`t even sure that it was a yellow card. Dale played the ball, and won the ball. In no way was it a red card. The referee had taken out a yellow card, but it appears the other officials changed his mind.’

To be fair, I imagine the gash on Ramirez’s leg also helped change his mind but that shouldn’t have really figured.

‘The players are hurting in there because they came so close. They put in a lot. We will assess what we need to do this week ahead of Friday night and of course to get a result on Monday. They are bound to feel down and that`s part of football. They are a good and spirited group. On Friday they will be ready to go again and we look forward to the opportunity.’

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