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HUGHTON PRAISES AMEX ATMOSPHERE

18 November 2016

Albion's manager praised the tremendous support at the Amex.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes the atmosphere at the Amex is becoming louder in every game, which has coincided with his team’s positive performances on the pitch.

The Albion boss is looking forward to another game under the Amex floodlights, and believes the supporters have played a crucial role in the club’s impressive home record this season.

He said, “It will be a full house at the Amex, the crowds have been excellent and the noise levels have increased during my time here.

“I think that’s because the supporters have enjoyed what they’ve seen, but they can only enjoy it if the team work hard enough to give them something to cheer about.

“We’ve been very good at home, and that’s so important for any team that want to do well over a season in this division.”

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Aston Villa have made a slow start to their Sky Bet Championship campaign, but Hughton thinks the West Midlands club will recover and challenge for promotion this season.

“By their standards, they’ve had a difficult start, there’s no doubt about that. But what they do have is a lot of competition in front of them now.

“When you get into a rhythm of Saturday-midweek games, you’re capable of picking up a lot of points very quickly.

“So I’d very much see Villa up there pushing for promotion, especially with the manager and group of players that they’ve got.”

Steve Bruce took over the reins from Roberto Di Matteo in October, and Hughton feels Villa’s recent upturn in form will make it a good challenge for his side.

“I know Steve [Bruce] very well. If you look at what he’s achieved in the past and the clubs that he’s been at, he’s somebody that knows how to get a team out of this division.

“He’s also been a very good Premier League manager. So that’s what we’re up against, but whatever manager it is, we’re reliant on performing well ourselves.

“It’s a very big game but the end product is exactly the same, we’ll have to play well if we want to win.

“The run that they’re on at the moment makes it a difficult prospect, but it’s a game that we’re certainly looking forward to.”

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