Brighton then struck twice in the second half with substitute Florin Andone firing home with his first touch of the game, and debutant Neal Maupey expertly rounded Ben Foster before tapping home in the 77th minute to secure all three points.
"We had to look after the interests of Huddersfield Town and couldn't let him leave on a free at the end of the season, so him signing a new contract ahead of his loan move gives the club and the player possibilities for the future".More news: Xbox Project Scarlett to focus on high frame rates and 'playability'
"I've come up here and seen how the club is run, the direction they are going in and the players they've got, and that is what got me excited". "We had some chances but we didn't deserve a better result".
However, a change in philosophy at the Amex Stadium means that Brighton head into the campaign as somewhat of an unknown quantity, although it is hard to find anything to be critical about when assessing the club's transfer business. "To score three goals and keep a clean sheet is something for us to build on and improve", he said.
The Seagulls boss was also impressed with defender Dan Burn, saying: "He's a top professional, he's applied himself fantastically every day and he's done his best every day. There were many individual mistakes". "We have to improve these actions", he said. Fast-forward 364 days to Saturday and we are back in Hertfordshire for the first game of the 2019-20 season.More news: S. Korea Hit Hardest by N. Korean Cyberattacks
"They tried their best to do what we asked them to do and we weren't ideal of course, I wouldn't expect that".
However, the high-profile additions of Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr have turned the club's transfer window from satisfactory to outstanding as Gracia attempts to take the club to the next level.More news: Former id boss Tim Willits joins World War Z developer Saber Interactive