table-topping boss Chris Hughton declared that his team deserves to be leading the Championship after Saturday’s win over Leeds.
“We deserve to be where we are at the moment,” he said.
“We were probably not at our best today.
“But we showed a willingness to fight to the end and get the right result.
“Bobby Zamora came on and scored about 10 minutes later and I am delighted for him. We know what he gives us but it was a team effort at that stage of a game that seemed to be petering out into a draw.
“Bobby wasn’t up to speed in pre-season, so we knew it would take time, but we have been able to use him at the right times.
“He gave us exactly what we needed when he came on. The players very much wanted to win the game and it showed.”
Leeds boss Uwe Rosler said: “Things are just not going for us at the moment.
“There were three key moments in the game.
“They scored from their first attack and I feared the worst but we showed terrific character and got a quick equaliser.
“The second key moment was when Chris Wood didn’t take his unbelievable opportunity. The game looked like ending 1-1 so we brought on Mirco Antenucci and Will Buckley to try and win it.
“But the third key moment was Liam Cooper’s injury, leaving us with 10 men.
“Having said all that, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There are a lot of people far worse off than us.”