Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League game against Burnley at the Amex on Saturday, manager Chris Hughton spoke to the press about his team’s recent form, the need to get back to winning ways, Sean Dyche’s impact at Burnley and how the Lancashire side are fairing this season.
Getting back on track:
“We’re amongst a group of teams that are also not in good form. We’re the newer ones in this division, gaining experience as we go along.
“That doesn’t mean it’s something that we’re happy with. We’re very conscious of what the facts are and that we’ve got to start picking up points and scoring goals.
“But we’re now approaching two home games and they’re both very big games for us."
Showing faith in Dyche:
“Sean has developed so well over the last few seasons. They gave him an opportunity to rebuild again, and they’ve gone from strength to strength.
“Credit to Burnley in a period where they went down first time around from the Premier League to the Championship.
“They’ve had to work hard with the players that they’ve got, have a structure that they believe in and recruit very wisely in their windows.
“In an era where we want to see as many British managers involved in the game as possible, it’s good to see one doing as well as Sean is.”
Disappointing run of results:
“These are the challenges that we’ll consistently have this season. You’re going to have two or three difficult periods in the season.
“Whenever you lose a game or have a difficult period, it means there is more pressure on the next game, and consequently more pressure on the one after that.
“It’s the team that rises to those challenges the most, over a period of time, that end up in a more comfortable league position."
Burnley’s fine start:
“In the same way that we speak about Manchester City and how brilliant they’ve been this season - for different reasons, Burnley have been exceptional.
“You’ve only got to look at the group of players and their rise over the last couple of seasons.. They don’t change the team so often.
“For the club to be riding as high as they are now, with the finances and infrastructure they have, looking consistent in every game - it speaks highly for everyone concerned at Burnley."