Date: 24th February 2016 at 6:46pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said that he was thrilled with an outstanding reaction from the side against Bristol City last night.

Making the trip to Ashton Gate on the back of a disappointing four one defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend, Brighton notched up a comfortable four nil victory yesterday evening.

With goals coming from Jamie Murphy, Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed along with a late own goal on the day from the hosts, a pleased Hughton told the Official Site in his post game press conference.

‘Yes we did get a reaction and I was delighted that the penalty didn`t go in in the end because that would`ve put a bit of a downer on probably a perfect evening. We changed our game a little bit and were perhaps a bit more direct than some occasions and pressed in the right areas. Amongst that, you`ve got to take your chances early in the game and Jamie`s Murphy goal rested a few nerves and allowed us to get good rhythm in our game. We had a really bad day on Saturday, and that was all 11 players, not just the defence, and both Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk have done well for us and had a good run. Certainly in what they`ve got with Kodjia up front, who`s a quick one, I thought that the pace of Connor would be beneficial. It was a real sturdy performance, and I thought we restricted them well and the chances they had.’

With Liam Rosenior and Baldock returning to action following their own lay offs, Hughton went on to talk about his pleasure at seeing the injury list shorten as we go into the final end of season run in.

‘Liam is just back and I was really delighted to give him 45 minutes on Saturday and I think he benefitted from that. Sam`s been back for a little while, but it`s been a little stop-start for him. What he does do is allow us to stretch defences; he scored a very good goal and gives another very good option up front. Gaetan Bong is now back training with the team, so we`re hoping he`ll be back up to speed very soon and we`re hoping to have Kazenga LuaLua back for the next game. Right at this moment, we`ve got some really good competition.’

As for Baldock, making his own return and with a goal, he was interviewed after the game and he explained.

‘We showed a great desire to get a result. It helps when you go 2-0 up inside 20 minutes because you can adjust your game plan and Bristol came out on the front foot and put us under the cosh straight away. But we anticipated that because they`re a very good side and we`re happy to take the three points away. I`ve got good ratios against my former clubs and it was nice to return and see some familiar faces. It`s always good to score, but the three points are more important. It`s been long but it`s felt a hell of a lot longer. I worked so hard to get back from my original thigh injury and had a minor setback, which put me out for another couple of weeks. That was disappointing, but I`m hoping to be fit and in contention for the rest of the season.’

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