Goals disappoint Hughton in defeat to Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was disappointed with both Bournemouth goals in the Seagulls' 2-0 Premier League defeat this afternoon.

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 5:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:43 am
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

David Brooks scored in each half, with the second coming after Lewis Dunk had been sent off for two bookings.

Here's what Hughton said in his post-match press conference.

Albion's strong first half performance

"I was really pleased with the performance particularly in the first half period and it felt tough to come in at 1-0 down having got into the positions we did but that's the game.

"It's about making sure you take your chances. If you don't, you're up against a talented team playing at home that will test us.

"We felt very disappointed going in at 1-0 down but overall, apart from the last period which was very difficult for us, I thought we were always in the game."

Lewis Dunk's red card

"Our query with the red card - and we had no doubts about the second yellow card - but our thinking on the first one is it's Bissouma who has made contact.

"That being the case, it's probably harsh on Lewis. That's our grievance at the minute that it should have been for Bissouma as opposed to Lewis."

Brooks' goals

"You're always going to look at goals you concede and there will be aspects of them you're disappointed with.

"He's a left-footed player and the last thing you want to be doing is showing him onto his left side to give him those opportunities.

"I'm disappointed in both goals but there wouldn't be a goal we concede we wouldn't be disappointed with at some stage of its progress.

"That's the margins.

"We probably had more efforts on target than what they did and there wouldn't have been a lot in the opportunities that we had and what they had.

"It's about who puts them away and unfortunately for us they did today and we didn't."

Coping with Bournemouth's attacking quality

"We were always in the game but when we went down to ten men it became very difficult.

"When you play against a team like Bournemouth who have got the pace they have got, it's going to be difficult.

"Once they get as much possession as they would like, they are able to test you behind. But apart from the goals we coped with a lot of the qualities they have and we were always in the game.

Coming out for the second half, I thought if we could maintain even a good percentage of our performance there would be something there for us."