Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton says he has no doubts his team will be ready for the new season, despite being left disappointed by a first defeat of pre-season against Aberdeen in Jamie Langfield's testimonial this afternoon.
Adam Rooney's late goal proved the difference, and Hughton said, "Whether it's a pre-season game or not, you don't want to lose any game. It's two weeks and it's upon us and I have no doubts we'll be ready come that first game of the season.
"Much depends on performance and quality on the day, but I'm sure from a fitness point of view and from the work we've done in pre-season, that we'll be ready.
"There were probably periods in the second half where it showed that they had played four Europa League games already; they are in front of us regarding fitness levels and it showed more than I would've liked.
"But that's what pre-season is about. We're on the back of a really good performance on Wednesday and we were not so good today, but we'll be better for that.
"Sometimes you need to take little dips and make sure that you're coming through them with the right objectives."
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Hughton also felt his side were not as clinical as they showed at Crawley on Wednesday night - as they found Langfield in excellent form for Aberdeen.
"We had good chances in that first-half period. They had good possession with the way they played, but we broke very well.
"We needed to capitalise on that. I know that it's a pre-season game, so it does take a little bit of pressure off the result, but that's the area that we need to try to improve on.
"I thought we had a very good first half against Crawley with some good goals and that's the level we need to maintain."