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HUGHTON REFLECTS ON TOP-SIX PERFORMANCES

28 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes his team have learned a lot from their games against the Premier League’s top six so far this season.

The Seagulls had already played Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur before their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and Hughton reflected on the six-game selection.

He said, “We haven't got any points from any of them [games against the top six], but you have to assess the performances.

“The Manchester United performance was certainly the best one, where we absolutely deserved to get something from it.

“The others are probably as you think - you’re up against teams that are going to have more possession than you, and you’ve got to stay in the game and create enough opportunities.

“It’s disappointing that I can’t say we’ve got any points from any of them, but I think we’ve learned a lot.”

Albion were unable to upset the odds against Antonio Conte’s reigning Premier League champions, but Hughton praised his players for their hard work and commitment on Boxing Day.

“I cannot fault any player for lack of effort - we could have shown a bit more quality on the ball at times, but it’s a very difficult place to come to and get a result.

“There are definitely some positives to take away from the game, but the changing room is as frustrated as we are.

“It was up to us to make sure our concentration levels were as good as possible for as long as possible, but sometimes you’re going to get those little lapses.

“You have to hope that when you have those lapses, that the opponents don’t benefit from it.”

The Seagulls come up against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, and Hughton highlighted the small amount of preparation time between the following fixtures.

“It’s a quick turnaround between games - because of the amount of games, they’ve had Wednesday off.

“There’ll be preparation on Thursday and we’ll travel up Friday, and then there’s an even quicker turnaround [for the Bournemouth game] which still seems very strange to me.”


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