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HUGHTON FOCUSED ON SHORT-TERM TARGETS

7 April 2017

Albion's manager is not looking too far ahead in the final season run-in.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the importance of setting short-term targets during the promotion run-in, as the Seagulls take on Queens Park Rangers tonight with just six games remaining.

Albion can move 12 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town with victory at Loftus Road tonight, and Hughton insisted any long-term ambitions must be put aside as his team focuses on one game at a time.

He said, “We always have targets going into the season, but at this stage, the targets become single games.

“After the win against Blackburn, the next game was a massive one because it was at home. We needed to make sure we won that game as there are only two more home games left this season.

“We finished that one and then it becomes ‘right, this is the first away game now’. If we’re able win this one, then it sets us up brilliantly for the following game.

“So the targets at this stage become more singular, instead of having a target for over the next six games.”

Hughton’s team have equalled the nine victories they secured on the road last season, and with four more away trips remaining, the Albion boss urged his players to maintain their positive mentality.

“We’ve got two very tough away games now. The balance between home and away games has changed now, on the back of two home wins.

“That mentality of going away from home and getting a result in whichever possible will be hugely important.”

“We embarked on this season trying to get more wins away from home than we did last season.

“We’ve tried turning some of those draws into wins, and that’s all you can continue to do. We’ll endeavour to carry on doing that.”

Victory for the Seagulls will momentarily move them back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, and with their promotion rivals playing on Saturday, Hughton wants his players to take care of their own business.

“There’s a group of teams below us that are very strong and I think they’ll win a high percentage of their games, so I expect it to drag on.
 
“We’d like to be in a position where our fate is determined before the real latter part of the season. That's in our hands but it can also depend on other results as well.

"It's more in our own hands because we have to make sure we get the results. We'd rather it was our results that determine things than having to wait for others."

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