Hughton Unhappy With Conceding "Uncharacteristic" Goals Against Palace

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says his side made it too easy for Crystal Palace to find the back of the net in their 3-2 defeat at Selhurst Park earlier today.

All five goals from both sides were scored in the first half of the game, with Roy Hodgson's side edging out their fierce rivals to seal all three points.

Albion have struggled on many occasions to deal with set plays this season and those problems arose once more in South London on Saturday afternoon. Wilfried Zaha poked home the opener after some good work between Luka Milivojevic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from a short corner, with James Tomkins pouncing for their second after Albion failed to clear the ball from another set piece.

Whilst Glenn Murray went narrowly close to equalising twice in the second half, Hughton says they gave themselves too much to do by conceding so sloppily in the first half

“We arguably had the two best chances in that second half, to get an equaliser or a winner. But you can’t give away the goals that we gave away in the earlier period of the game.

“It was uncharacteristic, because they were two goals from corners and we’ve been very good from corners since the West Brom game.

“It was also a goal conceded to a run that we know [Wilfired] Zaha makes. It wasn’t like us, but it’s very difficult to give those kind of goals away and then get something from the game.

“It’s about responsibility at set plays - you can have clever movement from players in the box, but it’s about making sure you adjust to that and take responsibility.”

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