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HUGHTON: CHANNEL EXCITEMENT DURING RUN-IN

14 April 2017

Albion's manager looked ahead to the final five games of the season.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton urged his players to channel their excitement during the promotion run-in, in order to achieve the results needed to reach the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

The Seagulls have occupied one of the top two positions in the Sky Bet Championship since the end of October, and Hughton wants his team to maintain their concentration heading into the final five games of the season.

He said, “We’ve been excited all season, and the reason why we’ve been excited is because we’ve been at the end of the table that we want to be at.

“We wanted to push and give ourselves an opportunity of geting promoted. Certainly if you can’t get excited about that, then you never will do.

“But none of our concentrations have been on being in the Premier League; all of our concentrations have been on trying to get there. That was always the goal.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position and we now have to make sure we get the results to finish it off.”

Hughton played down the prospect of securing promotion inside Albion’s next two fixtures, choosing to focus on the immediate task in hand, as the Seagulls take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux today.

“There are lots of ifs, and I’m quite sure that each of the teams that are around us at the top end of the table will also be considering what the ifs are.

“We can only concentrate on winning as many games as we can, starting now. If we’re able to get a result, that puts us in a really good position going into Monday’s game.

“That’s something that we can’t think about now [potential promotion on Monday], and it’s impossible to think about that because we have a big game coming up.

“If we don’t get the result that we want, then all of them ifs change. No way can we even contemplate getting carried away.

Hughton managed in England’s top flight during his spells at Norwich City and Newcastle United, and the Albion boss expressed his desire to return for a third time with the Seagulls.

“I’ve managed in the Premier League before and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and I want to manager there again with this football club.

“As regards to having anything to prove, my feeling has always been about doing the best job that I can in the job that I’m in.

“I’ve throughly enjoyed my period of time here at the club; a club that’s given me great support and a team that’s given me great motivation. I’d be delighted to get over the line with them.”

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