It’s nice to quieten down the noise
Burnley recorded a 1-0 win over Brighton but it was a result we didn’t deserve according to Brighton manager Chris Hughton who felt his side were worthy of all three points.
After the game, he said: “It was probably different to a few games ago, when we lost a couple and didn’t have too many arguments, but I thought we were the better side today.
“We were up against a direct Burnley side, so we had to deal with a lot. We knew the physicality of their front two and I think we handled them really well. We had good possession but probably just needed to punish them more in the final third. We got into some really good areas and needed to make their goalkeeper work that little bit more.
“Through Locadia I thought we had the best chance of the game, and on the balance of play I thought we were the better team.”
He knew Brighton were facing a Burnley team who were on a run of eight games without a win in the Premier League. “It can be quite tense when that happens,” he said of having to face a team looking to end a poor run. “It’s something that we expected. But what you’ve got to be able to do is have good possession to frustrate them.
“Our performance in some aspects was really good. The only work we can be guilty of is our work in the final third and not getting enough quality shots on goal.
“They’re a team that play a certain way and you know that second balls are going to be important. They’re strong when the ball goes into the box and ultimately that’s how they got their goal.”
“The performances lately have been suggesting we are getting back to that edge, in terms of being resilient, but also creating chances. We made two or three good ones today and with a bit more quality, who knows, but today wasn’t about that. It was about fight, spirit and organisation and I’m pleased those things paid us back today.
“It’s nice to quieten down the noise and it gives the players that little bit of timely confidence that they can win games. The crowd have been fantastic again today and everyone needed that result and it was a valid one overall.”
He added: “We had to get back to a basic framework that works for us and that was on show against a side who do keep it really tight. We never thought there would be a flurry of goals today, so we’re delighted to come out on top.
“Brighton were putting the ball in the box from everywhere at the end and rightly so. It’s human nature to be nervy and there was a nervousness in the air because we haven’t had that win. We know there is a strength to the unity of the side and recently we haven’t got over the line in games where we could have done.
“Others have rightly gone against us because we haven’t performed, but slowly and surely we are remodelling our game and in three of the last four we’ve looked more like ourselves.”
He also thought, like many of us, that we might have been given a penalty. He said of that: “We still can’t get that elusive penalty though, and I can’t believe that’s not one on Phil Bardsley today because anywhere else on the pitch that is classed as dangerous play. There’s no malice, but their lad connects with Phil’s head while trying an overhead kick, and it has to be a penalty in my view.”Share this page :