Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been thrilled with the way his side have fought to stay near the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.
The Albion manager hailed the team’s displays so far this season, but emphasised the need to get back to winning ways after three consecutive draws.
He said, “I’ve been delighted with all of the challenges so far. If you are top of the division it’s more of a challenge, but the way that the players have handled themselves has been excellent.
“The team have enjoyed being where we are and they won’t want to come out of the top group of teams.
“That’s the competitive nature of what we do, it’s been a nice feeling being where we were and we want to stay around there.
“I am very proud and I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the players, but you still reflect on some of the draws that really should have been wins.
“We would be in a really good position, so I’m very proud of the team but we do need to start turning the draws into wins.”
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Hughton also praised Beram Kayal’s start to the season and hailed his midfield partnership with Dale Stephens as among the best in the league.
“He is playing like the person I expected him to be; he has got a real drive and wants to play a lot of games after having a fluctuating time at Celtic with a big injury; he is delighted to be back playing football.
“He gives us options in the middle of the park and he wants to do well; he has built a great relationship with Dale Stephens and with the introduction of Andrew Crofts and Danny Holla, he’s aware of the competition for places.
“If I am looking at consistent partnerships, then I don’t see many better than Beram and Dale. With the two of them playing regularly it has given them the opportunity to learn how to play together and they are a big part of the team.
“They have been able to contribute with goals; Dale has scored several and they have certainly built a target to contribute more in that area.”
The Albion boss also praised Sam Baldock’s impact in the team this season, as the striker prepares to face his former club, MK Dons, this afternoon.
“Playing against your former team is different for everyone; Sam Baldock played very well against Bristol City and he did very well to score.
“Everyone sees it in different ways, some players will score and not celebrate, and some will. With Sam, we just want him to put in a performance that he has been doing consistently.
“He doesn’t get noticed as much, but he is someone that works very hard for the team and will have games where he won’t get as many scoring opportunities.
“At the moment he hasn’t got the goals he would have liked, but is someone who has contributed very well to the team.”
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