Hughton criticized referee after Brighton’s defeat

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ashley Barnes of Burnley beats Matthew Ryan of Brighton & Hove Albion from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley FC at American Express Community Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ashley Barnes of Burnley beats Matthew Ryan of Brighton & Hove Albion from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley FC at American Express Community Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Brighton and Hove Albion coach was not happy after his side was denied a penalty during the 3-1 defeat to Burnley.

Brighton and Hove Albion was defeated 3-1 by Burnley in today’s English Premier League fixture.

This has left the team in the 14th position with 27 points. Brighton has only won seven games, drawn six and 13 matches lost.

And for manager Chris Hughton, his team were denied a penalty today.

“We needed momentum and probably the disappointment – at 2-0 – we have what is a blatant penalty which is not given,” said Hughton to Sky Sports.

“And they go up the other end and score. Probably, that was our day today. The moments we needed to show the quality we perhaps didn’t.”

“[It was] a decision that shouldn’t need VAR. We have a referee that’s probably 10 yards away and a linesman that’s supposed to help him out in those situations if he hasn’t seen it,” he commented.

“It wasn’t, for me, a difficult one to see. VAR or no VAR, it’s one that a referee should have seen.”

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 21: Liverpool player Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a free kick during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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The Reds footballer knows there are around six matches left for his club in the 2018-2019 season, but they have what it takes to win.

“If we were to have that penalty, which we should have done, we score it, it’s 2-1, we’re back in the game, momentum shifts in our favor,” he added.

“We probably don’t want to speak that way [about a relegation battle] but we are a level of the club that’s going to have ups and downs and everything’s not going to be smooth for us.”

“When anybody felt that we might have been in a comfortable position in the league, we never ever felt that,” Hughton continued.

“We know how difficult this league is and the quality of the teams below us that can all win games. This is a time really to make sure we are aware of that and we need to get points.”