Date: 31st August 2016 at 3:19am
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Manager Chris Hughton knew it wasn’t the best showing from Brighton as we made the trip at the weekend to St James’ Park, but he still felt at the full time whistle that it had been a case of a lost opportunity as we suffered our first defeat of the campaign.

Having lost the match two nil, and seen Sam Baldock sent off for two bookable offences, the gaffer told the Official Site in his post game press conference.

‘I was disappointed that we missed a really good opportunity to get something here. We were up against a very good Newcastle side, who scored from two set-plays, in what arguably wasn`t one of our better performances, but we had the two best chances. In the second half, I can`t remember a good opportunity that they had, but at that stage they had done their work and I think we missed a really good opportunity to get something here. I have had a look at Sam’s sending off again and it`s very harsh. My first impression was that he went for the ball and he got there just before the keeper. Seeing it again, Sam`s momentum is normal and if anything, it`s their keeper that`s kicked out. I don`t know whether it`s the linesman or referee that`s made the decision, but I think it`s a very harsh one. At that stage, we needed to stay in the game and keep it at 1-0 as long as possible, and I felt that we could get stronger in the game. We did get stronger, even with ten, but at 2-0 it`s very difficult.’

With Shane Duffy making his debut following his arrival from Blackburn Rovers and lining up alongside Lewis Dunk, Hughton was pleased with their performance on the day though.

‘I thought the two centre-halves were very good, particularly Shane, because it was his debut. He had his first training session with us yesterday and I thought he put in a very sturdy performance, as did Dunky.’

With Duffy getting his debut, he was also interviewed at the full time whistle and although he was disappointed not to take something from the game, he felt he had settled in well.

‘I was delighted to be out there. I was just finding my feet a little bit and trying to get used to playing in this team. I`ve only had one training session so far, so I`m going to get better, but I felt comfortable. I was disappointed that we lost and with the two goals we conceded, but I was happy to be out there. He`s [Dunk] a top player. Everyone knows that; it was good to play alongside him and he`s a very calm guy. It was good. But it`s only been one game and we`ll see how it goes.’

The 24 year old also echoed Hughton in some respects, feeling we could’ve got something from the match despite it not being the best performance.

‘They got a goal early on which settled them down and killed us a bit in the end. It was a good free-kick that finished it off, but I think it was a missed opportunity. We had a great chance with Anthony Knockaert, which hit the bar just before the sending off. If that had gone in it probably would`ve been a different game and we could have probably gone on to win it.’

He ended by saying.

‘It`s definitely one of the best teams in the league. I know we lost, but I`m confident we`ll be up there if we keep playing like that and we can play better too. It`s still early days and we will improve.’

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