Southampton Reaction Pleases Hughton
Manager Chris Hughton has praised Brighton's reaction to going a goal down to Southampton at the weekend.
Hosting Mauricio Pellegrino's side at the Amex Stadium for the tie this weekend, Brighton fell behind to a Steven Davis goal in the seventh minute of the game, but heads didn't drop and having got ourselves back in charge of the match largely, Glenn Murray popped up seven minutes after the half time break to level the scores up and that's where it ended.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Hughton praised the spirit of the side once again, feeling ultimately that a point on the day was fair to both teams.
'We deserved something out of the game and I was pleased with the response. When you concede a goal so early in the game, as we did away at Leicester, you usually come away with nothing. Southampton are a very good, technical side and when you`ve gone 1-0 down so early, you have to be grateful when you get back into the game. So I think the response was very good, we got stronger as the game went on and as the game opened up. We had chances to win it, but overall it was a fair result.'
With Pascal Gross helping himself to another assist on the day, he did want the group to become sharper in the final third still.
'He`s (Gross) somebody that works very hard and has wonderful statistics of creating chances and assisting goals, which he`s been doing all season. The most important thing is a good team performance against a good side. We had to defend well and break away, but perhaps we needed to show a bit more quality in the areas that can win you the game.'
'We raised the tempo and it was not easy to do that, we got a little bit of joy in some stages and that gave us an incentive to push on. The crowd read that and got behind us, and if either team was going to win, it looked like being us.'
The point moved the club into eleventh place in the Premier League table and Hughton was very definitely content with our start to life in the top flight.
'Pleased is the right word for where we are in the table. There are games where we could have done better and got more from the game. But for a promoted side, I think we can be delighted with the points we have so far. We`ve played two of the top six but there isn`t anyone that has given us a good beating.'
With options available to him in an attacking sense, Hughton also had words of praise for people in those departments.
'I`m in the ideal position as I have two fully-fit number nines and Sam Baldock is back in training. Hemed was in really good form before the ban, but Glenn would say the fact that he was out injured lessened his opportunities to play. Gross is a player that we knew before he came here and he is capable of the assists from the type of player that he is. In Premier League terms, there is not an awful lot you can get for £3 million, but more importantly, it`s what he is giving for the team.'
With our unbeaten run now extended to three games, he was obviously hoping that would continue for a little bit longer.
'We have come back from a wonderful away performance last Friday, but when you are a promoted club, home form is a defining factor of your season. I was delighted to get our first three points away from home, which was another milestone we got over, but, of course, we need to be strong at home.'
'We know how difficult the games against the top six are going to be, but against the teams that are outside it, we need to take every opportunity to get some points. We`ve learned that when we play at a certain level, we can get good results. But we are still very conscious that you can go on a bad run without playing badly.'