Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton insisted that Albion’s away form has delighted him so far this term, ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Huddersfield Town.
The Seagulls head to the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon having picked up six points from the last nine on the road and the manager admitted it has come as a pleasant surprise.
He said: “The away form has delighted me – that’s the hardest thing to do, and to have achieved it in this division as well is pleasing.
“We have to make sure our home performances now turn into wins on the flipside of that – the benefits of draws are that you’re not losing, but we know we have to pick up some wins as well.
“For a team that’s been promoted you’d expect to pick up more points at home and I didn’t expect us to be where we are at this stage with our away points total - so it’s a real nice surprise for us.”
After today’s game in Yorkshire the Seagulls face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, before hosting Burnley at the Amex Stadium next weekend.
Hughton cited the upcoming festive period as being important, but he also stressed that each stage of the campaign is as vital as the other and that the squad depth will also be key.
“These six games are probably the most important ones until we find ourselves playing the next six.
“You don’t want bad form where you’re losing consecutively– if you can continue to pick up points and keep a level of consistency then you’ll be ok.
“It’s an important period because there’s a lot of games in a short period of time and we know we’ll need to rotate simply because of the volume of games.
Albion played 46 games in their promotion-winning campaign in the Championship last season, and the boss emphasised that the different rigours of the Premier League mean his team have to maintain a level of consistency throughout.
“It’s different to what we experienced last year – last year at times we could not be at our best and still pick up points, but every game in the Premier League you need to be at the same level every week - so I do envisage using the whole squad over a period of time.
“The reason we got those away results from home is because we did a lot of things right and we must do that against Huddersfield and keep at a consistent level.”
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