Chris Hughton rues bad day at the office for Brighton
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 10/03/18 6:20pm
Chris Hughton rued a bad day at the office as Brighton lost 2-0 at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
In the second half, Gaetan Bong's own goal and Cenk Tosun's strike gave Everton all three points, ending Brighton's seven-game unbeaten run.
Hughton says Brighton were not at the level expected if they are to stay in the Premier League, and insists the best side won.
He told Sky Sports: "It was [a bad day at the office], if we play at a level like that, we will find it difficult to win any Premier League games.
"We know what the levels are, and we have reached those levels in the run we've been on, and we were well below that today. Certainly the best side won.
"In a first-half period where I didn't think we were great, we did restrict them to minimal chances, defending a lot of corners.
"The warning signs were there. We knew how we had to improve in the second half. We didn't improve significantly enough to win it. We were well short of that today."
Brighton's bad day was compounded by Anthony Knockaert's red card for a two-footed challenge on Leighton Baines, meaning he will miss the next three games.
"I have no problems with the red card, it is a red card. Any player in that position, playing for any team, it's a team game, and it will see him missing three games.
"We're the ones who won't benefit from that, and he certainly won't."
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