Date: 11th January 2016 at 10:56am
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Manager Chris Hughton has admitted that Brighton just didn’t cause Hull enough problems in our FA Cup third round defeat at the weekend.

Losing the game one nil at the KC Stadium, a disappointed gaffer told the Official Site in his post game press interviews, that we just didn’t do enough in the final third to give ourselves the best chance possible of taking victory.

‘We didn’t cause them enough problems, and particularly on the counter, their qualities showed up. In the periods we were in the game, we didn’t create enough with the possession we had. We had to defend very well and we knew it would be a tight affair, and was decided by one penalty kick. I’m disappointed we didn’t threaten them enough, but we knew it was always going to be a tough game. We had two clear-cut chances, one in the first half and one right at the end. They threatened and got the ball in the box a lot, but didn’t have many clear-cut chances. I can’t say we deserved to win the game, we wanted to make it a tight affair and we made some changes to the team in the same way they did. The players we left out have almost played every minute of every game this season.’

There were positives thathe could take from the game though, albeit the return to fitness of Sam Baldock and Kazenga LuaLua following their injuries, but he also talked of being pleased with the debut performances of Liam Ridgewell and Richie Towell, as well as Niki Maenpaa’s efforts between the sticks.

‘When you come here with the quality that they have got, you know it’s going to be a tough game and that you’ll have to make a good account of yourselves. At periods we did that and we were very solid with three at the back. It was good to bring Kazenga and Sam Baldock on, at least they both have 30 minutes under their belt coming back from injuries. Richie Towell played 90 minutes and coped very well. The last 90 minutes he played was back in November in the Irish Cup Final and he has been training very hard to be ready for now. I knew Liam could play at centre-back, but what I know of him is as a left-back, which is where he will play for us. It’s a good acquisition and also another player who has got 90 minutes under their belt today.’

With Tuesday’s trip to Rotherham in the Championship campaign, Hughton also said he hoped to have skipper Gordon Greer back in contention for that game as well as he had returned to training.

‘We’re hoping he is going to be available for Tuesday. He trained yesterday and trained well, but today was probably too soon. You always want to bring back experience and most importantly, your captain.’

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