Brave Brighton Impresses Hughton
Manager Chris Hughton has said that it was a brave performance by the lads against Fulham at the weekend and he was delighted with that.
Audio - Fulham Win Reactions
Speaking to the Official Site following the two one victory with goals coming from Sam Baldock and new signing Tomer Hemed, a pleased Hughton explained.
'My first impression was that it was a definitely a penalty but you're never quite sure. It was a good opportunity for us and it shows bravery at that stage of the game that we tried to win it. Kaz is in great form at the moment and it was a super ball from Jake but he has that ability. That is three goals that Kaz has been involved in, in the last three games, and with each he's come on to the ball and used that pace that he's got.'
Hughton went on to say that it was obviously a big win for us, especially as the game looked to be heading for a draw, but that's when you need a spark or a moment of inspiration and thankfully we found it for the three points.
'I thought our first half performance, especially the first twenty minutes, was excellent, but then you have to be able to capitalise on those chances in that period. I felt it was a bit of an injustice to go in at half time at 1-1.'
With new signing Uwe Huenmeier getting his maiden bow, he went on to say that largely though he felt the combination of him and Gordon Greer copes with Fulham's threats well.
'It is part of the job I do; I have to make decisions. With Uwe coming in, and being as good as he is and having played at the level he has played at, I had to think about what was the right combination and I felt Gordon and Uwe were the best fit. It was my decision to do that today and sometimes you have to look at games, and if this was a different type of game then maybe I would have looked at a different type of combination. Now we move on and look forward to the next game and I expect Dunk to be available and part of the squad on Tuesday.'
Tomer Hemed was also interviewed after the game and although pleased to find the net, he admitted he was simply doing his job for the team so didn't deserve any special praise for hitting the winner from 12 yards.
'First of all it was my first goal so I am very happy, plus it was in front of Brighton fans - which was an amazing feeling. I was really confident that I could do it, as I usually have taken penalties in my career and I'm happy that today I could help the team get the win. For me, penalties are part of my job and I feel confident. I know what I need to do and of course today it was last minute against a very good team, but I knew that if I scored I would win the game for the team. I was really concentrating on what I needed to do and, just like against Sevilla, it was a moment where I needed to concentrate and do my best.'