- Chris Hughton has played down Anthony Knockaert’s anger after being subbed
- The Frenchman was visibly angered after being brought off the field
- Knockaert was seen throwing a training bib in disgust down to the touchline
- Hughton says he prefers players who always want to be on the pitch involved
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has played down Anthony Knockaert’s ‘passionate’ reaction to being substituted in the 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend.
The Frenchman walked straight past Hughton and kicked a seat on the bench in frustration at being withdrawn in the 77th minute of Sunday’s match, with Solly March coming on to replace him.
The game had entered its climax, with Arsenal pushing for an equaliser and the Seagulls doing all they could to dig in and take a vital victory.
Anthony Knockaert was Brighton’s star but reacted furiously to being substituted late on
Knockaert was seen kicking a chair and throwing his bib away in disgust after coming off
Hughton said at his press conference on Thursday: ‘I would prefer always that players want to play and be disappointed if they’re taken off.
‘Anthony’s a passionate individual. He was out there celebrating with the team afterwards and that’s more important.’
‘It’s understandable and I would be exactly the same if I was him. He is playing well at the moment and doing a good job for the team.’
Brighton held out to take all three points from the fixture, goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray proving enough, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike on the cusp of half-time potentially offering a way back.