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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH GOALSCORING FORM

23 April 2016

Albion's manager has hailed his team's recent attacking displays.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been delighted with his side’s recent high-scoring form going into today’s match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

The Albion manager also highlighted the side’s need to pick up three wins in their final three games in order to secure a top-two finish.

He said, “We are scoring more from set plays. We aren’t doing anything differently, it’s just the nature of the game.

“Goals are going in that sometimes wouldn’t in another game; I remember periods in the season where we were performing very well, but not scoring the goals. It’s about perseverance and we are having a good period.

“It has very much been about staying in the top six, which we have done, and then maybe get into the top two. We know we are close and it will be determined by us in the last three games.

“We are confident and playing well and we know that if we win our next three games, we will be promoted.”

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Beram Kayal and Dale Stephens have formed a good partnership in the centre of midfield and Hughton praised the duo’s performances throughout the campaign.

“If you look at his (Kayal) levels in the past compared to now, his consistency of putting in great performances has been excellent all season. He had a few injuries at Celtic, but he was performing well when he was there.

“The same with Dale, they have both been able to play consistently at a good level.”

The Seagulls boss explained how his striking options have been bolstered going into the business end of the season and hailed the versatility of his forward players.

“Sam (Baldock) is 100 per cent fit and on Tuesday night we were able to get him back involved on the pitch.

“It was his hamstring that kept him out for a couple of games and we didn’t use him against Fulham, which helped him. He is fully fit now and we know what he can bring to the team.

“We have flexibility; (Steve) Sidwell has played up top a bit and we know Jamie Murphy and Jiri (Skalak) can play up top too.”

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