Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton insists that his side have already shown they more than deserve to be in the top flight ahead of this evening’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.
The Seagulls boss emphasised that their current 14th position is a standing that they would have been pleased with before a ball was kicked at the start of Albion’s first-ever campaign in the Premier League.
He said: "If you are looking ahead at the start of the season, if we were told we would be in this position at this stage then I think we would have been happy with it.
"The Liverpool game that can happen but overall you always want more.
“Do we deserve more points? Probably not but I think we have showed enough already this season that if we can play at a level and are at our best, there are teams in this division that we can very much compete against.”
The contest against Mauricio Pochettino’s men will mark a first-ever visit to the new national stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion, and whilst the boss acknowledged the venue’s grandeur, he was also keen to reiterate the need to approach the game the same as the others.
"Initially you have to treat it as any other game but there is no doubt there are particular stadiums that are obviously iconic.
"I would like to think we will have gained something from our performance a few weeks ago at Old Trafford. Although it didn't get us any points it was certainly a good enough performance and a team that went there with no fear.
"I would like that type of performance can mean you come away and think the team gave everything, tried to have a go and got into some good areas and I hope we have a team that can go there with confidence and defend well, whilst also showing enough on the ball.”
Hughton made two changes to the side against Huddersfield Town at the john Smith’s Stadium at the weekend, and alluded that he could shuffle the pack once more as the team play their second of three games in seven days against the North London side.
"I've generally never been one to make wholesale changes but, against the quality that we are and the level of competition, I think you have got to get that balance right of using the squad.
"Equally as important is that we are a newly promoted team and you are going to have bad periods.
"It's about making sure you park one defeat away and go into every game optimistic that you can get something.”
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