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HUGHTON WARY OF TOUGH RUN-IN

4 March 2017

Albion's manager is not underestimating the threat from teams lower down the table.


“We’re also on the back of two very good wins before that, so that’s the balance and it will continue to be the balance right through until the end of the season.”

“That’s something that generally doesn’t change. We’re in good form at the moment, and what we must not forget is that we ran Newcastle very close in a very tough game on Tuesday.

“The balance towards consistency, making changes, trying to keep a squad happy; they’re all the parts of management that you have to go through.

“We’re now well into the season, the players have played a lot of games, and that balance is always there.

Despite losing to promotion rivals Newcastle United on their last outing, the Albion boss urged his team to remember the positive form that’s led them into second position in the table.

“Any thoughts of them being in that position and it not meaning so much, the other side of it is that they may be a team playing with a little more freedom.”

“With a team that’s around that mid-table position, when they’re not going to go up or down; are they going to fight any harder? Well they’re not going to fight any less.

“Once players get onto a football pitch, they want to win games. For whatever reason, there’s always a reason for players and a team wanting to do well.

He said: “Their [Forest] form has been up and down. They've had some young players playing that have done well for them, but it doesn’t make any difference which game is the next game, it’s always an opportunity.

Nine of Albion’s final 12 games are against sides currently in the bottom half of the table, but Hughton refuses to pay much attention to the league standings, as he believes every team has a reason to win.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that facing a number of teams in the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship table will not make his side’s run-in any easier, heading into this afternoon’s game at Nottingham Forest.

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Hughton also spoke about the use of data analysis when looking at player performance, as the Seagulls boss considers rotating the squad ahead of three games in the space of seven days.

“One thing that you can never gauge, even as far as what the science and data can tell us, is how somebody is going to play.

“We have all the data from Tuesday’s game, we know how far everybody ran, their intensity and actions, so all of that we know. But you can never quite tell.

“Some recover better than others. That’s an indication of what they’ve done, but there’s no indication of what somebody can do in the next game.

“So it has to be an instinct [decisions], the feel of the group and whether you want to change something tactically, but we certainly look very much at the sciences.”

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