Instant Reactions - Brighton v Swansea (24/2/18)
Following today's clash between Brighton and Swansea City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Brighton hosted Swansea City at the Amex Stadium for a 3pm kick off on Saturday February 24, with the hosts taking a comfortable four one victory.
An 18th minute Glenn Murray penalty got them underway and with just over 20 minutes remaining in the game he completed his brace, and saw his efforts built on by Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia who backed up his goal in his FA Cup debut, with a Premier League goal on his top flight debut.
Knockaert also had a strike ruled out for offside, and the visitors got a consolation five minutes from time as Lewis Dunk was credited with an own goal.
Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert (March 79), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 90+1), Murray (Locadia 82).
Bruno, Ulloa, Goldson, Krul.
Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn (Narsingh 45), Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (A Ayew 36), Ki Sung-yueng, Carroll (Abraham 66), Clucas, J Ayew.
Nordfeldt, Routledge, King, Bartley.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Mike Dean blew the final whistle, Brighton manager Chris Hughton explained.
'It is a really good performance. The game opened up in the second half. They decided to change, which made it a more open game. One side usually benefits when that happens and we benefited more. That has to be on the back of a good defensive display and we were well worthy of the win. At the moment, though, we look as though we can score a goal.'
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal in his comparative interview explained.
'The story is we tried to turn it around by putting more players into attack in the second half because we were losing and we wanted to win three points. We reacted well to their first goal. We took a player from midfield and put them up front, we knew that was a big risk. We'd either win the game or the opponent would score. We took those risks very early. In hindsight, I'd have made the change with Tammy Abraham later. That's football, though. It was a high-risk bet.'