Date: 12th August 2015 at 4:45pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has hailed Kazenga LuaLua for a stand out piece of skill late on in the game last night against Southend United in the Capital One Cup.

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With the game looking likely to head into extra time and Brighton potentially becoming another of the first round shocks, LuaLua struck late on in the match to put us through to round two.

Speaking to the Official Site following the stoppage time winner, Hughton explained.

‘It was a good finish and it was great to get it at that stage of the game where everyone was tired, expecting and preparing themselves for extra time. It was a great time to score a goal and one of the real bits of quality we showed in the game. It started with the ball going up to Tomer Hemed before a really good ball by Danny Holla; it needed something like that to break the deadlock.’

Hughton went on to say that we certainly had to defend well on the night as Southend put in a number of dangerous crosses and corners on the evening, but he was pleased to see us limit their clear cut chances to only the one really which Niki Maenpaa showed his worth on.

The disappointment for him having praised defence was that we just didn’t do enough ourselves offensively on the evening and he wasn’t pleased with how we used the ball as we kept making the wrong decisions.

With young defender Glenn Rea making his debut, so was Maenpaa and he did his own interview after the game talking about his English bow.

‘It wasn`t easy at all. They were a very good team and they put a lot of pressure on us. I`m very happy that we managed to win this game and now I`m delighted to be in the next round. There were quite a lot of crosses during the game and I didn`t read a couple of them very well. I already knew that a lot of teams in England play from side to side and get balls into the box, so it`s something I need to get used to. Their best chance was a volley from 80 yards out and I could see the ball coming really well, so it was a good save in the end followed by a decent goal from Kazenga LuaLua.’

Obviously Maenpaa went on to say that he was pleased to have kept a clean sheet on his debut, and hopefully it’ll be the first of many during his time at the club.

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