Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that the upcoming games against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday will be his side’s toughest back-to-back away fixtures so far this season.
It is the first time since August that Albion have faced two away games in the space of three days and Hughton is well aware of the threats posed by both sides.
He said, “I’m not taking anything away from Fulham and Huddersfield, but that was earlier in the season and at that stage, both teams were still finding their feet.
“Most teams have found their rhythm now and I would expect both games to be very tough.
“We will have to play very well and be brave and resilient in order to get a result in either game.”
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The Albion boss highlighted Reading’s firepower upfront and praised manager Steve Clarke for the job he has done in Berkshire.
“They are very capable of scoring a goal and in Nick Blackman, they have a player who is very much in form.
“Matej Vydra was one of the league’s top scorers last season and has shown over the past few years what he can give to a team and the goals he can score.
“Steve Clarke is somebody that I know well and he had a similar path into management as me.
“I had 14-and-a-half years as a coach before I went into management and Steve has also gone down the same route.
“We have got a fair bit in common; he’s somebody that I respect very well and did a very good job at West Brom as well.
“He’s moulded a very good squad and his remit was to add a bit of stability to the club. He’s done an excellent job there.”
Hughton is taking little notice of Albion’s recent poor record away at Reading, with only one win in their last seven trips to the Madejski Stadium and feels it could even serve as motivation to his squad.
“They played well at their place in the game last season and we’ll certainly need to play better this time round to get a result.
“The game is full of stats. Up until our recent win [v Leeds], we hadn’t won a game in October for a few years.
“The stats are there to be broken and if anything it will give us more encouragement to get the win.”
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