Date: 16th September 2015 at 3:14pm
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A pleased Chris Hughton and Dale Stephens have given their thoughts following the two one victory over Rotherham last night that sees Brighton unbeaten so far in 2015-16.

Video – Rotherham Highlights
Audio – Rotherham Win Reactions

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference last night Hughton was both pleased with the win but also with how our season in panning out so far.

Brighton are the only unbeaten side in the Championship at this stage of the year.

‘We are delighted with the start and I don`t think that anybody here could have expected that we would have started as well as we have. When you analyse it, we had a good pre-season with minimal injuries, so we had a good squad to work with. At the moment we are doing enough to win games. We probably have not had the ultimate outstanding performance in a game, but that is this division. It is very hard to do that, but at the moment we have enough in us to win games, which is great to see.’

With Hughton referencing that ‘outstanding performance’ clearly he believes that there is still more to come from the side, but for now he’s ‘delighted to be where we are and the massive thing about being on the run that we are on is that we are accumulating points; and our tally for this stage of the season is brilliant.’

He acknowledges that with our bright start, it builds pressure and expectation and now people are looking at us with eyes of can we maintain it, but he felt getting the win against Rotherham shows that we are capable of doing that if we maintain our focus and efforts – even in difficult games.

‘With that comes the pressure of staying up there and I think that showed a bit today. We were playing against a side that is finding it tough at the moment and it ended up being a close game – certainly score wise at least.’

With improvements that can be made though, rather than focusing on the expectation, Hughton wants the team to focus on being better.

‘I think that if we really analyse the games in the periods when we are playing the better football and getting into good areas, then we have to be a little bit more clinical and get ourselves a better lead. I would rather be winning games by one goal than not winning, but there have been some games where the margin of victory should have been easier than what it was.’

The gaffer does admit that is the only negative though, and he can’t be disappointed with one goal margin wins, he’d just like the team to make it more comfortable for themselves at points because it’s going to be a long and hard season and everyone knows in some games one goal won’t be enough.

With Brighton hitting two last night though, it’s a step in the right direction again.

‘It`s the only negative, but we are looking quite solid as a team and we started very well again. It was a tough night and we had to work very hard to get the second goal. At that stage, the game was in our hands but we made life tough for ourselves by conceding when we did. I think that we went through a period in that second half where our game management should have been better; we should have kept the ball. However we were worthy winners in the end, based on the performance and two good goals, but no side is going to lay down and die.’

As for Stephens, he talked mainly about the first half showing from the side, which he thinks if probably the best we have played so far this campaign.

‘It was probably one of the best halves of football we have played all year, as I thought we kept it basic and moved the ball well. We started sloppily in the second half, and they came into the game towards the end and put us under a lot of pressure from set-pieces; which we knew they would. We felt we had the opportunity to score more goals, especially in the first half, but we weren`t able to take advantage of it and they were always in the game at 1-0. Thankfully we scored the second goal which proved vital for us.’

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