English Premiership

Hughton: It was dramatic in the dugout

Chris Hughton (Getty Image)
Chris Hughton (Getty Image)

Cape Town - Chris Hughton was delighted to see his Brighton side record a late point in their 2-2 draw with Southampton on Monday night.

Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg opened the scoring at St. Mary's Stadium on 35 minutes before a 65th minute penalty from Danny Ings.

But the Seagulls pulled a goal back through Shane Duffy on 67 minutes ahead of Glenn Murray's 921st minute equaliser.

After the game, Hughton Sky Sports: “It was exciting for you and dramatic in the dugout. It’s the second game we’ve come back from 2-0 down. You have to look at the character but also some of the frailties that put us in that position in the first place, credit to the lads they responded well.

“If I’m looking at our preparation, they played the team we thought they would play. We needed to go after their centre halves quicker and with more urgency and when we had possession we gave it up to readily and Southampton were by far better in the first period.

“We’ve had a reaction in the second half. We’ve had to react to conceding goals, certainly I’d prefer it the other way round where we take leads in games and hold on to those leads.

“At 2-1 down away from home and a penalty, you’re not going to get a cooler head than Glenn Murray.

“We play Tottenham next and Man City after that and will need to be at our best to get anything. We have a team aware of that. We can raise our level but whether that’s enough to get anything - we’ll give ourselves a chance.”