Date: 27th July 2016 at 7:22am
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Manager Chris Hughton declared himself extremely pleased at the full time whistle in last night’s friendly against Oxford United.

Travelling to the Kassam Stadium to face the promoted side, Brighton took a comprehensive four nil victory with goals coming from Anthony Knockaert, Tom Cadman and a brace from Tomer Hemed.

With losses from the weekend’s double header against Luton Town and Stevenage, it was the perfect response from the players as we now head towards the final pre season game of the summer against Lazio this weekend.

Brighton:

Stockdale (Maenpaa 72), Rosenior (Hunt 43), Bruno (Cadman 63), Dunk (Hall 63), Bong (Collar 63), Skalak (Murphy 63), Stephens (Ince 56), Kayal (Molumby 63), Knockaert (LuaLua 63), Baldock (Manu 63), Murray (Hemed 63).

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, a delighted Hughton explained.

‘That`s the best we`ve been in pre-season. We were good for 45 minutes at Crawley before we changed the team, but tonight we were good for the whole game. When you make ten changes by 60-odd minutes, the game can drop, but we maintained our levels and I was delighted with that. As the game opened up we managed to score more goals so it was a good all-round performance. I was also delighted for the young lads who came on; it was a nice test for the them, and something we`ve been able to do this pre-season is give them game time and they`ve acquitted themselves really well.’

With Hemed getting his late brace from Jamie Murphy assists, Hughton went on to say that he was delighted with the competition we had up front this season.

‘Credit to Tomer, he was able to capitalise on the space as the game opened up – but I also thought Jamie Murphy was very good when he came on. What we want is four players up front, whether that is ‘number nines` or players playing off the front man, who are competing for places and giving us options. We’re happy where we are physically, but there are still 11 days to go until the start of the season and we have got to peak at the right time and we know Derby away will be a completely different matter. The first game of the season is also different as you are running on adrenaline but the indications are good from what I saw tonight.’

With Dale Stephens making a return having missed out at the weekend with a knee problem, he went off because of the knee, and so did Liam Rosenior who picked up an ankle issue, but Hughton was quick to point out that they were only minor problems and not something that concerned him.

‘Dale got a kick but he could have carried on. He was one of the players we were going to take off soon after anyway, so that`s why he came off when he did. Liam received a knee in his calf, which will be sore for a couple of days, but he will also be fine.’

With Serie A side Lazio up next, he ended by saying.

‘Lazio at home is great for the supporters and will be our final sharpening up before the season starts. Generally, there will not be too many surprises in terms of who plays on the day but we`re looking forward to another competitive game.’

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