Chris Hughton was proud of Albion's performance in their FA Cup semi-final exit against Manchester City at Wembley.

A fourth minute goal by Gabriel Jesus (below) kept City on course for an unprecedented four trophies.

The Argus: French winger Anthony Knockaert was named man-of-the-match as Albion made Pep Guardiola's history-chasers fight all the way for a place in the final against Wolves or Watford, who play tomorrow.

They came close to a second half equaliser when Shane Duffy's header from an Anthony Knockaert corner was cleared from under his own crossbar by aymeric Laporte, with Glenn Murray lurking to hook it in.

The Argus: Hughton said: "I can't imagine there will have been too many occasions this season where I am struggling to think of a real clear chance they (City) had, particularly after going behind so early.

"There will not have been too many in the stadium that didn't think a second or third was coming. We regrouped and come onto, for our level, a really good game.

"It's incredibly against them. When we analyse the game and the distances and high intesity we covered I am sure it will be a high as at any stage this season.

"They work and with such quality and it is very difficult to have both. Only the best teams can do that. If you open up thinking you can score two or three, they can score five or six."

Albion can now rest up before resuming their battle to secure another season in the Premier League with the first of five games in a fortnight against Bournemouth at the Amex next Saturday.

The Argus: Hughton (above) added: "To run such a brilliant team as City close takes a huge effort so it's a very tired changing room. the level we reached is something we need to take into the forthcoming games.

"It has been a wonderful (FA Cup) journey. You could see what it meant to the supporters but the Premier League is more important to us. We have got a fight on our hands."