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HUGHTON: WE'RE REALISTIC ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

16 December 2017

Kieran Cleeves
Albion manager Chris Hughton on the touchline at Wembley Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton stressed his players are realistic about the challenge they face in the Premier League this season, ahead of today’s meeting with Burnley at the Amex.

The Seagulls are without a victory in six games, most recently losing 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, and Hughton highlighted the challenge his players are facing in every game.

He said, “We had two seasons where we won an awful lot of games - and we’re going to lose more games than what we were used to winning, now we’re in this division.

“But I think it’s about how players react to it. If you’re under the illusion of thinking you’ll continue to go through a good run, then it’s a very hard one to maintain.

“The Liverpool game was a big lesson for us, the Huddersfield game was the most disappointing, but apart from that, we’ve been in all of the games.

“As long as that happens, you give yourself a chance. The players are realistic enough to know that it’s going to be a challenging season.”

The Clarets travel to the south coast in sixth position following a fine start to the season, and Hughton praised Sean Dyche for the impressive job he’s done since joining the club in 2012.

“He’s been outstanding. When you look at a job that a manager has done, you have to look at the size of the club and the resources.

“Sometimes if you’re not allowed to bring in the volume of players that other clubs can, it makes you concentrate more on what you’ve got.

“I think that’s what he’s done really well. They haven't brought in many players, they’ve just added maybe two or three with each window.

“Everyone that has come in has had to fit into the model that he wants. They’re not only picking up results, they’re playing a good brand of football as well.

“If I look at their first season in the Premier League and the way they’re playing now, you can see the improvement in their confidence.”

Hughton also commented on the form of Albion winger Anthony Knockaert, after the Frenchman’s return to the starting line-up against Spurs on Wednesday evening.

“If I’m looking at the impact he had last season, in regards to goals and assists, it was always going to be more challenging to do it this season.

“He’s in the same position as everyone else in the team - they’re up against better players, so if you’re a striker, you’re going to be up against better centre-halves.

“For us, the most important this is that he works hard for the team, and Anthony always does that. Overall, his contribution to the team has been good.”


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