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HUGHTON RELISHING BOURNEMOUTH CLASH

10 April 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton is relishing the prospect of facing league leaders Bournemouth at the Amex on Friday night, but is wary of the Cherries’ free-scoring form in recent weeks.

The Dorset side currently sit top of the Championship table, a point clear of second-placed Norwich, and have scored 87 goals in 41 games this season- more than any other team in the division.
 
Hughton told seagulls.co.uk, “We are looking forward to the game. We want to make a good account of ourselves because they’re a side in very good form at moment.
 
“They play a very expansive game with the quality that they’ve got and they’re a side that’s capable of scoring goals both home and away, so you have to be mindful of that.
 
“Any manager in my position would think exactly the same, but you want to win the game and I’m confident that we’ll have periods in the match where we’ll be on top, as we’ve shown against the top teams.
 
“Hopefully in those periods we can be successful in front of goal, but we know that they have a very good attack.”

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In contrast, Albion have struggled to find a clinical touch in front of goal after scoring just three times in their last six games, but Hughton is confident that his side can create chances against the high-flying Cherries.

“It’s always a concern, but what’s more of a concern is that we make sure we get enough points to secure our place in this division, and we’ve gone some way towards doing that.
 
“ We know there are going to be many ups and downs and some results are not going to go for you.
 
“A lot of the games have been very tight, but that is one area we recognise that we need to improve on.
 
“We have managed to get players into the final third of the pitch, but it’s just about making the right choices and showing more quality in that area.
 
“The only way you can win a game is by scoring a goal and against Bournemouth, we’ll probably have to score more than once.”
 
Hughton also paid tribute to the club’s fans for turning up in their droves to the Amex and another bumper crowd is expected for Friday’s match.
 
“It will be close to a full house again and the supporters here have been exemplary.
 
“Especially when you consider our league position and to be getting crowds between 27,000 and 29,000 fans is fantastic. I’m sure it will be excellent again for the midweek game against Huddersfield.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BOURNEMOUTH         

FRIDAY 10TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V HUDDERSFIELD        

TUESDAY 14TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V WATFORD         

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.15PM



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