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HUGHTON WANTS THE RIGHT BALANCE

1 October 2016

Albion's manager is targeting more goals on top of their excellent defensive displays.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is delighted with his team’s recent defensive record, but feels this cannot be at the expense of their attacking play.

The Seagulls have kept four league clean sheets in a row, but the Seagulls boss admits there is still room for improvement attacking wise.

He said, “Ultimately, it’s about winning football matches, so if we can keep clean sheets, we know we’ve always got a chance of scoring goals, but there has to be a balance.

“It can’t be to the detriment of scoring goals. A 0-0 scoreline is a fabulous result away from home at the right place, but we also need to make sure we’re scoring goals and winning matches.

“It’s a massive part of the game [clean sheets], in effect there’s only two parts, and that’s stopping goals from going in, and scoring them ourselves.

“We’ve looked very resolute at the back. We’re on the back of a tough game at Ipswich, who will gave anybody a hard game this season, so there’s no shame in coming away from there with a draw.

“But our general feeling is that we haven’t been at our best, so [keeping clean sheets] it's certainly proving to be a big part of our game.”

The Owls were victorious in last season’s two-legged play-off semi-final between the clubs, but Hughton says his players can take confidence from their performance in the second-leg in particular.

“I won’t mention it [before the game]. Certainly the ones who played in that game will remember it, but what they’ll remember most is how close we came.

“The levels between us and Sheffield Wednesday were fairly consistent over most of the season, and the players will know what it takes to beat them.

“Apart from the first leg of the semi-final, where it was difficult with the four injuries, they were all very close games.

“If I look at the play-off second leg, for 30 minutes it was probably as good as we’d been all season. So they’ll know that we’ve had close games and will take motivation from that."

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Hughton also praised Wednesday boss Carlos Carvahal for his impact at the club, and touched upon the high targets that both clubs have set this season.

“I like him a lot [Carlos Carvahal], and even during the two play-off games, I had some really good conversations with him. He always came into the manager’s office afterwards, and vice versa. 

“He’s done a really good job there, acquired some great players, and of course, led them to the play-off final last season.

“Both of us want to be up there challenging, and we both have the squads to do it.”

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