Albion's manager on challenging at the top end of the table.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is enjoying the added pressure that comes with chasing a place in the top two.
With Middlesbrough and Burnley both being early season favourites to go up, Hughton doesn’t believe the Seagulls are any less burdened by expectation going into the final four matches of the season.
He said, “I wouldn’t say we have less pressure than Burnley and Middlesbrough.
“There’s no doubt that with the position we are in, pressure comes with it and it’s pressure you want.”
“The disappointment of not getting a result will be the same level at Boro or at Burnley. We have to enjoy the pressure we have.
“I don’t know whether it will go down to the wire, the moment you think a team will get a result they don’t, and there are many changes in this league.”
“If we don’t do well enough in these next four games, the last game will not matter. I hope it does go to the end because that will mean we did do well in our remaining fixtures.”
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The Albion manager looked more immediately at tonight’s game against Queens Park Rangers and praised the impact of new manager, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Loftus Road.
“They are certainly a more settled team than when faced them in December. Jimmy has them playing in a good system and he has given [Sebastian] Polter a chance up top and he is performing very well.
“They are a lot more stable now and they are on the back of a great away result.” [0-0 away at QPR].”
After the empathic 5-0 victory over Fulham on Friday night, Hughton has now challenged his players to maintain their high levels of performance ahead of a second match in five days.
“It’s going to be business as usual. You get used to this division with having to prepare differently.”
“This league brings a lot of fixtures, so it’s rare to have the same week as the last in terms of preparation.”
“We have to remain consistent. We hope to have good training sessions and that we don’t suffer any injuries.”
“As a manager you have to get a feel of the team and the energy levels ahead of picking the squad. We have to make sure everyone can give 100 per cent in the match.”
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