Mixed Feelings For Hughton After Wolves Draw
Manager Chris Hughton has admitted he had mixed feelings at full time in the draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.
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Speaking to the Official Site following the scoreless draw, Hughton admitted that whilst a clean sheet was to be welcomed, dominating as we did but not finding the breakthrough was disappointing and frustrating. Especially as we wasted a chance from the penalty spot.
'We're delighted to keep the run going, but frustrated as we had a chance to take all three points. At that stage of the game would we rather play against ten men? Yes we would, but then we knew they were going to put two banks of four together, sit back and make it difficult to break them down. We have all seen and been involved in games where our team has gone down to ten men and you are hanging in there for a draw. Credit to Wolves they did that well, but I thought we got into enough good areas, especially down the flanks, and we had enough possession to create a little bit more ourselves; and we didn`t work their keeper enough.'
Hughton went on to say that under 'normal circumstances' taking a point from a tough away trip to the Molineux wouldn't have been a bad result, but knowing we had the man advantage and the penalty opportunity does give it a tinge of disappointment.
The gaffer went on to say he felt the referee had got both the penalty and the red card decisions right, but with Tomer Hemed missing the spotkick, he couldn't complain because he knows it happens in the game.
'You always want to put yourself in the position where you can get penalties and we found that very difficult last season. Tomer has already scored one for us and all you can ask him to is do what he does best, but the keeper made a fabulous save. All he has to do is makes sure he dusts himself down and look forward to the next one. As for the red card, showed his studs and had his foot off the ground, and the referee had a very good view of it. Was it dangerous play? Yes it was, but it's down to the referee to deem how dangerous and whether it's a red card.'
With Sam Baldock missing the match, Hughton confirmed that he wasn't risked following the head injury he picked up against Rotherham but he's fine really, and Uwe Hunemeier had a slight hip injury that we were cautious with as well.
Both should return for the game against Bolton on Saturday, as should Hemed who came off with a tight hamstring in the match as well.