The Albion manager feels his side can still step up their performance levels.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been pleased with his team’s positive start to the season, but insists improvements can still be made as a number of players wait for an opportunity.
The Seagulls occupy second spot in the Sky Bet Championship, and with numerous players targeting a starting berth, Hughton believes the fierce competition for places proves there is room to improve.
He said, “If you said to me ‘would you settle for the second half of the season being the same as the first?’ then the obvious answer would be yes.
“But I do think there’s more to come, and also with the squad, there are a lot of players who haven’t had the games they’d have liked, such as Tomer [Hemed] who was very good for us last season.
“It just so happens that Glenn [Murray] has done very well in front of goal. Kazenga [LuaLua], Solly [March], Oliver Norwood, they’re all very good players too.
“We will have moments where our levels will be very good and we’ll have other games where they’re not so good, but ultimately it’s just about picking up results.”
Albion can replace Newcastle United as league leaders with a victory over Leeds United this evening, but Hughton is only focused on staying within touching distance of the Magpies.
“A lot of people, including myself, would look at Newcastle, with the manager and players they’ve got, and think about keeping as close to them as possible.
“Most would think that the closer you are to Newcastle, the better your chances are of getting promoted.
“Being one point off Newcastle and in second place at this stage of the season, I have to be happy. I’m absolutely delighted with the contribution of the players so far.”
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Whites boss Garry Monk began his managerial career at Swansea City before moving to Elland Road, and Hughton praised his opposite number for his early achievements in management.
“I thought he did a very good job at Swansea. I really enjoyed the way his teams played and how he got the best out of the team.
“When you’re a Swansea in the Premier League, you’re going to come up against teams that have better players on paper, that’s how it is at the top level.
“I thought amongst all of that, he did a very good job, certainly when you consider it was his first managerial job.
“To go straight into the deep end in Premier League football shows a lot about him as an individual.”
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