The Albion manager is happy with the pressure that comes from challenging at the top.
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes his side are no longer under the radar in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Hughton feels that Albion’s excellent start to the season, coupled with their fine campaign in 2015/16, means that his team are no longer the dark horses.
He said, “I think that changed last season, we had that period at the beginning where we surpassed all expectations, but the longer that goes on for, the expectation gets higher.
“Certainly for the final part of the season there were some that fancied us to go up automatically, but that’s very much part and parcel of when you’re trying to be successful.
“Would we rather be at the top end of the table with the pressures of staying there, or a few places below that? Of course we’d rather be where we are now.
“But with that expectation, teams may come to the Amex and play in a different way, but these are all the things that you have to overcome.”
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The Seagulls boss looked ahead to today’s game at Bristol City, and admits the Robins’ fine start to the season is not unexpected.
“You’re never surprised with any team in this division that starts well or has a good period, you could say the same for Huddersfield, there were signs from them last season.
“So I’m not surprised, he’s a very good, young manager [Lee Johnson] and has the team playing in a way that allows them to win football matches.
“They certainly deserve to be where they are at this current moment.”
Albion boast the best defensive record in the league, and Hughton was also pleased with his side’s firepower upfront after their 5-0 win over Norwich City last Saturday.
“Scoring goals can be very much about momentum, when you’re going into games playing well and scoring goals, sometimes that can be taken into the next match.
“I think the same can be said for our defensive record, it isn’t just about the back four and a goalkeeper, it’s about the whole team working hard to protect them.
“It’s an important part of our game; the team get as much pleasure from keeping a clean sheet as they do when scoring goals.”
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