Brighton managed to secure their second win in the last five matches after a narrow 1-0 success over Blackburn Rovers. Matt Kilgallon’s own goal in the first half proved to be decisive as both teams struggled to break down each other.
Blackburn have been in great form coming into this match, but it was thought that they were going to prioritise the FA Cup replay against Liverpool more than this league encounter. It was not the case after the home team created numerous chances during the 90 minutes. Blackburn had five shots on target compared to the one from Brighton.
Despite this, a stubborn defensive display from the away team saw them pick up three points. It helps Chris Hughton’s team rise to 16th on the table with 45 points. It creates a comfortable 10 point buffer between them and the relegation zone, thus removing any fears of going down. When Hughton arrived at the club, relegation seemed like a distinct possibility. However, the former Norwich manager has been able to get wins on a consistent basis to keep the team afloat the Championship. This may not have been in deserved victory, but Hughton will not be the one to complain.
“I thought our game management today was very good. I know they’ve had a few problems here with injuries and the amount of games but they’re still a very good outfit with a threat up front.Particularly in the first half, we kept the ball well in the periods we had to, defended well for 90 minutes which you know you’re going to have to, and got a bit of fortune with the goal but I thought we deserved it overall.We’re delighted with the progress we’ve made,” said Hughton. Brighton will be hoping to build on this victory when they host Norwich City – Chris Hughton’s former club – next weekend.