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HUGHTON WANTS PLAYERS TO SHOW CHARACTER

5 February 2017

The Albion manager is eager to return to winning ways this afternoon.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has urged his team to learn from their below-par performance at Huddersfield Town, and react with an improved performance against Brentford today.

The Albion boss admitted their 3-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium was disappointing, but challenged his players to show their character and bounce back with a positive result at Griffin Park.

He said, “It was a blow, but my initial thoughts were that we’ve got to use this in the games ahead of us.

“We’ve got a really tough game against Brentford, and if we perform how we did against Huddersfield, then we’ll lose on Sunday [today].

“There’s a very recent reminder, for the team, that we need to be far better than how we played at Huddersfield.”

Hughton accepted there may be times that his team need to ride a wave of pressure, but asked his players to show intelligence and self-confidence on the pitch, in order to impose themselves on their opposition.

“There are going to be areas of the park that you can’t do much about, which is fine, you accept that and it’s normal.

“But once the ball gets into the area where it can really affect you, you’ve got to get closer to players and put tackles in, and probably more than anything, we’ve got to be better on the ball ourselves.”

Albion loanee Chuba Akpom came off the bench to make his debut on Thursday evening, and Hughton is keen to see more of the young striker, as the Seagulls approach the final months of the season.

“It certainly gave him some match practice, even though it was very difficult circumstances to come into and make your debut.

“We’re going to need all the players we’ve got, going into the end of the season, and certainly in the position that Chuba plays, and the type of player he is, we need him fit and firing.”

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