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18 February 2017

The Albion boss expects a positive display at Oakwell.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton wants his players to take the positive feeling from their previous match on the road at Brentford, and get their away form back on track against Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Seagulls equalised deep into stoppage time on their travels last time out, and Hughton urged his team to recapture the impressive away form since a couple of below-par performances at Preston and Huddersfield.
He said, “We got the boost of coming back twice at Brentford [3-3], so we were certainly left with a good feeling from that.
“But probably up until Preston, we’d been very good away from home. At that stage, we’d certainly had more away wins than we did last season.
“Our home form has been very good, despite a little blip in midweek, but we want to get back to having good away form as well.”
Albion's lead over the Terriers in third place has been cut to four points after just one victory in four league games, but Hughton highlighted the importance of focusing on the positives and staying realistic.
“It’s normal affairs during a season, it’s very difficult to have a very smooth season where everything goes as you’d want it to.
“When things aren’t going as well as you’d like, you can of course change that, but it’s also about reiterating the good things that we’ve done.
“You have to look with some realism. The fact is, we’re in a position in the league that we’d have been delighted with at the start of the season. Overall, it’s been a good season for us so far.
“But by our standards, it’s a difficult period that we’ve been through and we need to get back to winning ways.

Albion’s opponents head into today’s game off the back of an impressive 3-1 away victory over Aston Villa, and Hughton is well aware of the attacking prowess that Paul Heckingbottom’s side has to offer.

“He’s got some good players. Seeing them as regularly as I’ve been able to see them this season, he’s got young players that have produced.
“They’ve worked the loan system very well. I think they’ve lost five players since the summer, three in the last window.
“What they have done is play a brand of football. They’re one of the few teams in division that play 4-4-2.
“They score lots of goals and they’re certainly an entertaining team. I’ve been hugely impressed by them."

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