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Hughton hails ‘brave’ Brighton after West Ham win

Chris Hughton has hailed his side’s bravery after they beat an in-form West Ham team at the AmEx on Friday night.

West Ham went into the game as favourites having beaten Everton, drawn with Chelsea and beaten Manchester United in their last three Premier League outings.

The confidence from those results translated to dominance on the field, as the Hammers bossed the possession, shots, passes and virtually every other stat – apart from the score.

A Glenn Murray goal on 25 minutes, coupled with some pretty dogged defending was enough to earn the Seagulls a well needed three points, and left manager Chris Hughton to praise his side’s bravery:

“As the game went on we rode our luck but sometimes you need that. It’s a first clean sheet of the season for us and you need a goalscorer. In the end it was our night,” Hughton told Sky Sports.

“We had to work hard for it. We made a lot of poor choices on the ball today. These are a good side with really good forward options. We had periods of the game where we defended well from the front.

“It’s difficult to get the right combination at the back. I thought we needed Bruno’s composure in the end.

“We know what we get from them, they are as brave as each other and they throw their bodies on the line. It’s a massive win for us.”

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