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HUGHTON: FINE MARGINS COST US

Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton

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20:20 18th March 2017

by James Hilsum

Albion's manager reflected on a closely-contested game at Elland Road.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes the fine margins went against his side after they were beaten 2-0 by Leeds United in a tight encounter at Elland Road tonight.

Chris Wood’s second-half brace gave the West Yorkshire club all three points, and Hughton felt there was little to separate the teams over the course of 90 minutes.

He said, “It was always going to be a tight game. We came through a first-half period where I thought they were better than us, but without creating too many chances.

“I knew that the game would open up in that second-half and I thought we were better than in that first-half period. They had three shots on target, so did we and they scored two goals.

“It’s just about those moments, particularly with that first goal. The second was more of a fortunate one, but the first one breaks that deadlock, gives them a bit of a lift and forces us to open up a bit more.

“The first goal was disappointing, but we were very much in the game at that moment and we had some good chances with Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray. It’s just the fine margins that went their way.”

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Hughton spoke about his side’s increased threat going forward with the introduction of Solly March and Chuba Akpom, before reiterating the competitive nature of the Championship.

"I thought once we made the changes, it gave us a little bit more pace and endeavour up front . I thought it did work, but you’ve got to have that bit of quality at the end and score and unfortunately we weren’t able to.

“Every game is tough and if you’re looking at teams that are what you’d regard as the bigger clubs, we’ve still got to go to Villa and Norwich and they’re very tough.

“But I’d expect every game to be like that because every team is fighting for something. Whether that’s to stay out of the bottom three or to get into the play-off positions. I don’t expect any easy games.”

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