Thursday 17 October 2019

Hughton relief as run ends

Brighton 1 Huddersfield 0

Brighton's Florin Andone heads past Huddersfield's Jonas Lossl. Photo: Getty Images
Brighton's Florin Andone heads past Huddersfield's Jonas Lossl. Photo: Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Chris Hughton reckoned his half-time team talk helped to deliver Brighton's first league victory of 2019 at the eighth attempt. Florin Andone came off the bench to head the winner from Anthony Knockaert's cross 11 minutes from time, his fourth league goal of the season.

In a poor first half, Brighton had struggled to find the intensity necessary to get past the basement boys.

"It had to be a balance of getting into the players and telling them what I thought, but making sure they didn't lose control," Hughton said. "The message was that we didn't want to leave ourselves open, and we didn't have to score in the first five minutes, but that we expected more.

"There were not many clear chances and it was a matter of putting one or a couple away. Florin managed to do that."

Andone had said that the pre-match mood made the game feel like a final, but Hughton's approach, as ever, was more measured.

"I can't afford to think that way because I am the manager and everything can't be the be-all and end-all," he said. "But I understand what he meant because it does feel like a big win because of recent results we have had.

"The team has been knocked and it has been a fright. For some who don't know the Premier League as much as others, that is how tough it is. I think we have enough character and quality but everyone else is fighting. We just have to fight harder."

Huddersfield had won for the first time in 15 matches in midweek, beating Wolves 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium, but they are 13 points adrift of 17th-placed Southampton."

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