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Hughton accepts Brighton came up against a better Everton team

Brighton’s recent good run of form came to an end today when the south coast outfit were convincingly between 3-1 by an impressive Everton side.

The Seagulls’ boss, Chris Hughton, felt his team simply came up against a better outfit in Marco Silva’s Toffees today.

“We needed to start the second half better. We had the lift from the goal and were up against a team who have spent big money on quality players. We weren’t in the game long enough in the second half. They got the goal and their tales were up. We then played two up front but were up against a quality team.’’ Hughton told BBC’s MOTD.

“We need to keep the ball better. Sometimes you have to accept you are up against quality teams. Keeping clean sheets is tough, especially three on the spin.

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Hughton was realistic in his assessment of how today went for Brighton and how life is for them in the top tier of English football at the moment.

“You kick on by accepting you are Brighton playing a second season in the Premier League. There will be ups and downs. We were playing a team who will push for the top six.

“You always have to look as a whole. We have had three really good results and then a bad result. We have to accept that and be better next time. Come out fighting in the next game.”

Hughton takes Brighton to face Cardiff City in Wales next Saturday in what will be a huge game when it comes to deciding how the bottom of the league shapes up coming towards the midway point of the season.

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