Hughton Hails Seagulls Win

Hughton Hails Seagulls Win

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was delighted to put last week’s Watford defeat behind them as they beat Manchester United 3-2. Brighton, who beat United 1-0 in May to make sure of their top-flight status, repeated the trick by blowing away their opponents in the opening 45 minutes.

Striker Murray took advantage of shoddy defending to superbly flick home the 25th-minute opener, and centre-back Duffy converted two minutes later after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Lukaku’s close-range header looked like it could inspire a fightback, but Gross’ spot-kick, after he was felled by a clumsy challenge from Bailly, secured the three points just before the break.

Pogba, captaining United, made the scoreline more respectable with almost the final kick of the game following Duffy’s foul on substitute Marouane Fellaini.

“Very proud of the performance, particularly the reaction from last week,” said Hughton. “The tempo of the game was very good and I must admit, even if we hadn’t got the result, I would have been really delighted with the way our team played the game and the levels that we got to, to try and get a result.

“And I would like to think that most people watching the game would look at it – I know once it’s a big-six team that others will look at it a little bit different – that we were good, as opposed to United being poor.”

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