Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes Sunday’s match against Burnley will be his side’s toughest game of the season to date and wants the squad to continue their much-improved away form at Turf Moor.
Hughton says his players will be well prepared to face a side who have kept the majority of their squad from last season’s top-flight campaign and highlighted Andre Gray as a key attacking threat.
He said, “This league is full of really tough games and we haven't had a comfortable one yet.
"They (Burnley) are a side of real quality. If I look at what they have, the team isn't too different to the one that played in the Premier League.
"They're a very well organised side and are certainly able to score goals. The lad [Andre] Gray is in very good form at the moment, so I think it's our biggest test so far.
“We've certainly been better on the road this season compared to last, so we'd like to think we're in better shape but it's a very tough place to go and they have a team full of quality and experience."
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The Albion boss feels Burnley are in a good place to mount a serious promotion challenge this season and praised the way that the club acquitted itself in the Premier League.
“I thought they fared well in the Premier League and held their own for long periods. It has certainly been an advantage for them going into this season because they have some very good, Championship-hardened players of real quality.
"Their aim is to go straight back into the Premier League and they are prepared for that; I think they have the squad to do that too.
"A lot of the clubs in the top part of the division are very competitive but they also have the know-how to get promotion. I expect a very tough game.”
Albion’s squad has been tested recently with the injuries to Gaetan Bong and Sam Baldock, but Hughton is confident that there is enough strength in depth to cope with the absences.
"I'm reasonably comfortable, but we are definitely assessing things all the time.
“We have been fortunate with injuries, although we've lost a couple over this last period, but certainly no more than other clubs and some have had more difficulties than us.
"We'll try in the best way that we can to protect ourselves because we've got a very difficult December coming up. At the moment, there is still very good competition in the squad."
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