- Match Analysis
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton feels that the victory against Manchester United doesn’t change anything and the club still has a very tough season ahead. The Seagulls produced the first major upset of the Premier League by beating Jose Mourinho’s side 3-2. The win was Brighton’s second straight win over the Red Devils. They previously defeated them during the end of the last season.
Following the match, Hughton said that even though the win doesn’t make the season for them any simpler, it does boost the players’ confidence. He said, “It shifts the mood, but it doesn’t change anything for this season. It’s going to be a tough season. The three teams who came up are capable of taking points, and this division is as competitive as ever.
If we think it’s going to the same, or easier than last season, it’s not going to be. We have to make sure our level of performance, if not at this level, needs to be somewhere near it, to get points.”
Hughton seemed pretty glad with the way his players performed today. The Irishman said, “I thought the tempo right from the start, we always had an outlet. If you score three goals against any of the top six, it’s always a good feat. I think within the group, they were that disappointed with the overall performance [at Watford], they were that keen to put on a show, and redress that balance. Sometimes you do that, things go your way, sometimes they don’t. I think we forced things our way today with a very good performance.
[Murray’s performance] was excellent. On days like this you don’t generally like to single out players. On the whole the team were excellent, you but you need someone to lead the line. Particularly later in the game, you need that outlet, and I thought he was very, very good for us today. I think we got confidence from a good start, and the first goal gave us a massive lift, and that carried us through the game.”
The Seagulls now face another tough challenge as they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.