Special Second Half Goals Were Our Lift
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has admitted that two 'special' second half efforts against West Ham United gave the side the lift and belief they needed to get back to winnings ways.
With us hosting West Ham at the Amex Stadium last weekend, both sides went in level at the half time break with Glenn Murray and Javier Hernandez both finding the net, but glorious strikes from Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross returned another three points and Hughton knew that Izquierdo's effort in particular had renewed spirits of a positive result.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media post game, a delighted gaffer explained.
'You`ll need them (goals) - Glenn`s goal was a typical striker run, but you need them special goals that players can create. Both players that scored them (Izquierdo and Gross) are capable of that, and we need more of that from them. It gave us the lead and that was the lift. At that stage in the second half it was still 1-1, and it`s very nervous and can go either way. You need something to break that deadlock, and when it`s a goal like that, it lifts you even more.'
Hughton went on to say that he was however disappointed with the equaliser we gave West Ham as he felt our 'levels' had dropped midway through the first half, but again he had nothing but praise for the way they responded to that knock in the second half.
He also felt the second half showing was potentially our 'threatening' best all season so far, so the aim is now to replicate that on a more regular basis.
With the win also moving us three points clear of the relegation zone, Hughton felt it had been a positive week for us and we continue to look to build on that with Stoke City coming up next.
'It`s about the levels and we`ve faired okay this season. At the moment it feels like a big win and it`s been a good week. We stayed in the FA Cup and drew against Southampton. We now have a good week`s preparation going into the next game and hopefully this will give us the lift we need.'
Pushed on aims in terms of a number of victories he'd picked out for achieving safety this year, the gaffer again batted that away saying his only focus is on getting as many three points as possible as any other focus remains pointless for us this year. Get the wins and that will do the job.