CHRIS HUGHTON praised Albion loanee Fikayo Tomori for his performance in the 2-0 defeat to Leeds United, and urged the full-back to not get disheartened by the penalty decision which led to Chris Wood’s second goal.
Tomori made his first league start after joining the club on loan from Chelsea, and Hughton was impressed with the full-back’s all-round performance at Elland Road.
He said, “It was unfortunate with the penalty, but I’ve got no complaints with the awarding of the penalty. Apart from that, I thought he was excellent today.
“A few times when he needed to recover well, he showed that pace that he’s got. But I think it’s important for him to not dwell on the penalty.
“For him, I’m grateful that it wasn’t a winning goal as such, but I thought he was excellent.”
Hughton quickly turned his attention to Albion’s next game against Blackburn Rovers at the start of April, and believes the squad can benefit from the international break before returning to league action.
“Vegard [Forren] played in an under-23 game today and came through that, so I’d imagine that by the time we have our next game against Blackburn, he’ll have done five weeks training and be up to speed.
“We’re hopeful to have Seb [Pocognoli] and Gaetan [Bong] back at that time, so it [international break] allows us to assess things and give the lads a bit of rest.
“We’ll train hard over the next four or five days and also give them some time off, but we’re very much looking forward to the next game.”
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GARRY MONK was delighted with Leeds United’s 2-0 victory over the Seagulls, and felt his players can take great confidence from their performance at Elland Road.
Monk highlighted the quality of their opposition and was pleased his players delivered after a hard week of preparation on the training pitch ahead of Albion’s visit.
He said, ”The win is a massive boost for confidence and morale, offensively and defensively we were very good against an excellent side.
"We delivered against a top side and it's nice to go into the international break like that.
"We prepared really well and tried to maximise what we did in the week to give us the best chance of performing.
“We delivered an excellent performance from start to finish. We had to be at our level and we pushed that level.”
Central defender Pontus Jansson was left out of the starting line-up and Monk had no regrets over his decision after his team claimed all three points.
"Number one - I'll always do what I feel is best for the team.
"That goes for who we're playing against, the set-up, but also the principles we have to follow on a daily basis."