Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was accepting of the quality of Manchester City's counter attacking play, but couldn't hide his disappointment in the second goal conceded by the Seagulls in a 2-0 defeat to the champions.
Hughton: they can hurt you
The manager opened his post-match conference by saying “It’s always very difficult, as they’re going to have the bulk of possession and you know the quality they have. If you give them space and time, they can hurt you.
“But I thought we were in the game for long periods. There isn’t a team outside of the top six that comes here without having a defensive strategy. The two goals that we conceded were poor goals."
2nd City goal was "defendable"
Raheem Sterling finished off a quick move in the opening half to give City the lead, but Hughton felt more could have been done to prevent Sergio Aguero's strike after halftime which gave the Citizens a 2-0 lead.
“The two goals that we conceded were poor goals. The first one was a really good counter-attack and that can happen. People will look at the quality of the second goal, but it was defendable.
"If I’m looking from a midfield position, we should have done far better to stop that ball getting into the final stages. “I’m more disappointed with the second goal. At 1-0 we were in the game and you never know what can happen.”
Brighton penalty claim turned down
It appeared the Seagulls had a penalty argument when the ball struck Fernandinho on the arm, but the referee waved away their appeals in the closing stages. Hughton gave his thoughts on the matter.
“My opinion is that it was a penalty. It definitely hits his hand inside the box, and probably any frustrations I have are because of the penalty last week.
“We had a penalty given against us - a Glenn Murray handball, which I had no problems with - but when you come here, you need as much to go for you as possible. For me, it was a definite penalty.”
Hughton wants Seagulls "to pick up points" in upcoming fixtures
With nine games to play before another meeting with a side from last year's top six, the gaffer is looking for his club to gain a bit of momentum.
“You do have to take that into perspective. We’ve played four of last season’s top six and our first game was away to Watford, and they’ve started the season really well.
“We now go into a series of games which are against non-top-six teams, and that’s where we have to pick up points. This is probably going to be the most valuable part of our season.
“We need to make sure that in the games against teams outside of the top six, we give ourselves the best chance of picking up points.”