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Brighton boss Hughton happy after victory over Nantes

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was pleased with their friendly win over Nantes.

Goals in each half from Tomer Hemed and Pascal Gross ensured the Seagulls head into the Premier League season on a winning note, and the manager explained that there are still places to be claimed in the starting line-up for next week's match against Watford.

He said, “What we've tried to do in this pre-season is give every player equal minutes, but it gets harder as the season approaches.

“We'll have an in-house game at the training ground, and it's generally about managing the players in the best way possible.

“Generally that last game is some type of indication [of the team that plays in first game of the season], but I wouldn't say wholly, because we've got some players that are pushing to start."

Hughton was pleased to see his side find the net twice after occasionally lacking a clinical edge in front of goal this summer, and is keen to implement a more attacking style of play this season.

“Our level of performance hasn't been bad, but we've found it difficult to get the goals that we've needed to win some of these pre-season games.

"We were very good in that first-half period against a Nantes team that have got a lot of mobility and were very athletic.

“But the goals were very welcome and I thought it was night where we could've had another couple."

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