Brighton boss Chris Hughton was pleased to see his side capitalise on their dominance in today’s 3-1 Premier League win over West Brom.
Albion were on top for the most of the first half, with Pascal Gross firing home the opening goal just before half time.
The Seagulls boss believes they were well worth the three points, against a Baggies side that had yet to be beaten heading into today’s game
“When you are on the back of a performance should be a winning performance, it’s always pleasing when that happens
“I thought we thoroughly deserved it. A difficult end to the game, but that’s normal. Once they got the one goal back it became nervy, but I think we coped with their threats well and were very good on the ball today.
“They are a tough team. They’ve got better and the squad is as good as it’s been for a long time and they will have a good season. So certainly at this stage of the season to score three goals against them is a massive bonus.”
The Seagulls shone as team throughout the game, however it was summer signing Gross that put in the star performance.
The German added a second goal three minutes into the second half, and provided the assist for Tomer Hemed just after the hour mark.
Hughton was full of praise for the 26-year old, and spoke about the qualities that the former Ingolstadt player has brought to the club.
“It’s about him getting into areas and if he gets into areas where he can finish - he’s got a good technical finish with both feet. I thought he was good value for his two goals today and got into some really good positions.
“We signed him for his strengths as an all-round player. He’s somebody who’s very adaptable in midfield. I wanted to have options off the front – a number ten as such.
“In that formation he gives us options more advanced or in a two. We knew of his abilities, we knew he could create and most of all he’s a very hard-working player.”
Today’s result saw Albion chalk off two milestones that fans had been anxious to see at this early stage of the campaign – scoring their first Premier League goal and picking up their first win.
Whilst for the supporters there will be a sense of relief, Hughton doesn’t believe he or the squad had approached the game that way.
“Before the game it didn’t feel like we needed a bit of relief but I suppose that is the case.
“We are four games into the season and you want to get that first win. If you don’t then I think we’ve got a group of lads here who are realistic enough to know that it’s going to be a tough season.
“There’s a really good feeling having got that win under our belt.”