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Hughton positive despite Chelsea defeat

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Despite losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea, Brighton manager Chris Hughton is taking comfort from their strong finish after going two goals behind in the first half.

Chelsea had a two-goal advantage going into the break thanks to Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard, but Brighton came out firing in all cylinders in the second half.

Solly March scored in the 66th minute to make it 2-1 and Brighton pressed and pushed for the equalizer till the last minute of the game, and Hughton was encouraged by their second-half reaction.

“We have to take the positives from how we finished the game,” Hughton told the club’s website.

“We were up against a very good side — whether it was at home or away, they’ve spent big money and brought in exceptional players.

“They’re a team that will be pushing at the top end of the division, so we have to understand that and respect that.

“But I thought we were in the game for large periods, and that’s what you want. I can’t fault the effort our players put in, particularly in the second half.

“We said ‘if you can get that first goal back, anything can happen’. If one of those scrambles in the last few minutes goes in, then it’s a different outcome.”