GRAFT­ING O’GRADY SHOWS HIS CLASS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IT was not an easy start to life on the south coast for Chris O’Grady, but Brighton manager Chris Hughton in­sists the striker still has plenty to of­fer.

O’Grady had a spell on loan at Sh­effield United ear­lier this sea­son af­ter fail­ing to score in 11 Al­bion ap­pear­ances fol­low­ing his sum­mer move from Barns­ley.

How­ever, he was re­called at the end of De­cem­ber once Hughton took over from Sami Hyypia and had scored two goals in six games com­ing into the week­end.

The 29-year-old for­ward net­ted in last Sun­day’s ex­cit­ing 3-2 home de­feat against FA Cup hold­ers Ar­se­nal.

“There has been a bit of spec­u­la­tion about Chris,” ad­mit­ted Hughton.

“But I am de­lighted with what I have seen from him and, cer­tainly, he will not be go­ing any­where.

“I can’t speak about ear­lier in the sea­son. I can only judge him on what I see and he has done ex­cel­lently for him­self and the team.”

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