Hughton: Brighton draw at West Ham ‘hard to take’

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has admitted that the 2-2 draw with West Ham was ‘hard to take’.

The game was finely balanced after a goalless first half, but the Seagulls opened up a quickfire 2-0 lead after the break thanks to goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy.

However, the lead didn’t last long, with returning West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic bagging a three-minute brace to level the scores, and speaking after the game, Brighton boss Chris Hughton was disappointed to surrender the two-goal lead.

“When you are 2-0 up in any game it’s hard to take when the opposition get back to level terms. At that stage the momentum was with them, but to gather our composure was pleasing and away from home it was a good performance. I’m delighted with the goals we got.

“Any point here is a good point, but today it’s not because we were 2-0 up. It could have unravelled, but I thought we knuckled down and showed good composure.”

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