Brighton boss Chris Hughton: We were the better team

Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton felt his side were the better team in their 1-0 defeat at Burnley this afternoon.

Clarets defender James Tarkowski got the only goal of the Premier League game five minutes before half-time. Albion pressed for a equaliser late on but Burnley held on to claim their first league win since September.

Hughton said: "I thought we were the better team. It was the type of game where you felt there weren't going to be many chances up against a team who are quite direct, with the way they play and two up front.

"You have to deal with that and I felt our centre-halves dealt with that very well for the majority of the game.

"It's a scrappy goal we conceded but I thought we had the best chance of the game through Locadia. I thought we looked the side more likely to score, so I'm disappointed.

"We've had a couple of defeats on the road where perhaps with our level of performance we couldn't argue too much. Today, I thought our performance deserved more than what we got."

Hughton added Albion did not do enough in the opening 45 minutes and said: "I felt we were good enough in possession and got into some really good areas in the final third but we needed to show more quality once we got in that final third and perhaps that bit more directness as well.

"As a level of performance, I thought we were the better side. As the game went on and the more it opened up, I thought we were more likely to score.

"But in the first half period, if you're going to be a team who has decent possession the only way to capitalise on it is by penetrating that little bit more when you get into the final third.

"We probably didn't do enough in that first half to really force that goal and as the game opened up I thought we were the team who looked more likely to score."

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