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Hughton praises Brighton’s ‘manly performance’ against Crystal Palace

Chris Hughton has praised Brighton’s ‘manly performance’ after seeing his side beat arch-rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Goals from Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert secured Brighton’s second successive league win, easing their relegation fears with The Seagulls now sitting five points clear of the Premier League‘s bottom three.

Murray capitalised on James Tomkin’s mistake to open the scoring for Brighton, before Luka Milivojevic’s penalty levelled for Palace.

French winger Knockaert, who picked up the fastest Premier League booking for a decade after just 28 seconds, then fired a stunning winner from 25-yards leaving Brighton boss Hughton delighted.

“It’s a manly performance and particularly after conceding that goal in the second half, the place was rocking and they had all of the momentum,” Hughton told the BBC.

Hughton also discussed the penalty awarded to Crystal Palace, admitting he had been told the decision was ‘clear-cut’.

“I haven’t seen the penalty again and I’ve been told it was clear-cut.

“I’m more about the teams’ reaction to that. It could have gone the other way but it didn’t and we stuck at it and scored two great goals.”

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