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HUGHTON CALLS FOR A REACTION

16 January 2016


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has called for a reaction from his players going into today's Championship game against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
 
The Seagulls are currently on a run of eight games without a win and Hughton believes his players will put in an improved performance against the Lancashire side.
 
He said, "We've got to find a way to get good results again and very quickly. What we are after is a reaction. We are on the back of a few defeats now. You are always looking at the players and seeing how they will react.
 
"Certainly I've got a group of lads that I think will react and respond in the right way, but it is another tough game. We're travelling again but that's this division. We expect a tough game and I expect a reaction.
 
"It's been a difficult period for us, with some difficult games, but we know where we want to be and how competitive we want to be this season. It has been a difficult period, certainly as regards to results, but not necessarily with regards to performances, apart from the last game."

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Hughton also remains confident that his side will improve defensively once again after a number of costly errors in recent weeks.
 
"You have to look a period where every defensive mistake we make is being punished. We have conceded some poor goals. We haven't taken leads, as we had done earlier in the season, and we are not scoring enough goals.
 
"The only way to remedy all of that is to make sure we believe in our principles and work as hard as we can.
 
"When you're winning games, it becomes easier to keep winning because you get into a rhythm and you might get away with some of the individual errors.
 
"That's just the way that the game is. Certainly, we've got a good enough side and some good enough defenders to turn that around, and that's all that you can do. We will work as hard as we can, keep our philosophy and look for that turnaround."
 
The Albion boss also praised the backing from the club's fans during a frustrating run of form, and believes their support will continue to be as strong as ever throughout the season.
 
"It's very important and I'd very much expect them to do that [stick by the team]. They've been excellent all season. At Rotherham we had a really good following and I thought they were very good."

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