Hughton pleased with Brighton performance despite Bournemouth defeat

Chris Hughton claimed to be pleased with his Brighton team’s performance today despite losing 2-0 to Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The Seagulls were beaten by two goals from Bournemouth youngster David Brooks and stay in the bottom half of the table on 21 points.

Despite the defeat, Brighton boss Chris Hughton said he was ‘pleased’ with his side’s performance, but contested the decision to send off Lewis Dunk for a second yellow card.

“No doubts about the second yellow, but for the first, we felt it was Yves Bissouma who makes the first contact, so that was harsh on Lewis. That’s our grievance – that the first yellow should have been for Bissouma rather than Dunk,” said Hughton to the BBC.

“I was really pleased with our performance, particularly in the first half. It was tough to come in at 1-0 down but it’s about making sure you take your chances. We were up against a talented team playing at home. But overall, apart from that last period [after the second goal and the red card] which was very difficult for us, we were always in the game.”

Hughton felt there were some things his defence could have done differently to prevent Bournemouth’s goals today.

“You’re always going to look at goals you concede and there will be aspects of it you’re disappointed with. He [Brooks] is a left-footed player and the last thing you want to do is to show him onto his left side and give him opportunities.

“That’s the margins, on chances we probably had more efforts on target but there wasn’t a lot between the opportunities we had and they had. It’s about who puts them away – unfortunately, they did and we didn’t.

“We were always in the game, it became difficult when we were down to 10 men with the pace Bournemouth have. But apart from the goals, we dealt with them well.”

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