Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the importance of the fans, as the side prepare to host Middlesbrough in a top-of-the-table clash at the Amex today.
Albion play their first match at the Amex for two weeks and Hughton says the supporters can play a crucial role in the team’s success.
He said, "We've got tremendous support and a very motivated crowd at the moment. We'll need all of that, because it will be a tough game.
"There might be the odd one or two teams that fare better away from home, but the majority are always going to feel more comfortable at home.
"There's an awful lot of really tough away days in this division and I think you have always got to try to make the most of your home form."
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Hughton feels that victory over the Teessiders today would top off a fine week for his side in their push for promotion.
"The nature of this division makes it the toughest to get out of, because of the competition level and the quality.
"I'd like to think most people would be pleasantly surprised by what we've done so far.
"A win today would make it a massive week for us. I think QPR could have a real push, it was a really difficult time for us to go there. Everybody knows about Derby, so we knew this was going to be a big and important week. Certainly a win for us will cap off a very good week.”
The Seagulls extended their unbeaten league record to 22 games, albeit with a tenth draw of the season against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday - the joint highest total in the league, which Hughton admits is an area for improvement.
“We’re a competitive side and we want to win as many games as we can.
“The fact that we have been able to score two goals at Derby and two goals at QPR shows a real intent of wanting to win games. It’s always a concern when you don’t get the results that you want to get.
“That’s only one side of it though and we’re certainly happier with more things than we are unhappy with.
“We are competitive, we are committed and the team is very driven. Certainly there are more positives than negatives."
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