Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton admitted that his side’s first-half performance against Huddersfield on Saturday meant they eliminated their chances of getting a result at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Two goals in the first half from Terriers striker Steven Mounie did the damage for the hosts and the Seagulls boss was left frustrated at how his team began the contest.
He said, “We came here with a good away record, but you always need to feel your way into a game.
“They have a good record here and you want to stay in the game and earn points, but we never gave ourselves an opportunity to do that.
“We knew about the set-piece on the first goal and that then got the crowd going and we didn’t really do ourselves any favours.”
It was a disappointing afternoon in Yorkshire for Albion, with the side also failing to create too many chances of note at the other end of the pitch – and the boss conceded his team didn’t reach their usual standards against David Wagner’s men.
“We didn’t play at the level we needed to be at and the goals that we conceded gave them a real leg up.
“That let them get into a rhythm and it was then always going to be a hard afternoon.
“We were better in the second half but the damage had already been done, in previous years in other leagues you can sometimes get back into a game but at this level it’s very tough to do.”
The Albion boss believed that Mounie’s double aside, there wasn’t much in Saturday’s game, but he stressed the importance of reacting quickly in what is a busy week for his side.
“If you take away the two goals there wasn’t much in it – perhaps they had better quality on the ball and some better chances.
“The most important game is always the next one, and it’s only us as a team that can turn the form around.
“We then have Burnley next weekend which is arguably even bigger, so we know we need to improve.”