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17 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton feels plenty of positives can be taken from his side’s start to the season, despite a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Friday night.

Albion were top for large periods of the game against the Cherries, and the Seagulls boss feels there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic after a challenging start to the campaign.

He said, “We’re five games into the season and had enough good periods in our play in that time to be encouraged, but it’s going to be a tough season.

“Three of those games have been away from home and one of those games was against Manchester City.

“What you have to put into perspective is that we are the new team in the division and it was never going to be easy, but there have been some really good signs in our play.

“We were very good against West Brom and we were close on Friday [to getting a result]. It wasn’t really a performance that stopped us from getting something, it was just about those small margins.”

Hughton reflected more on the Bournemouth games as a whole, and singled out Dale Stephens and Solly March for praise.

“Our possession play was very good, and Dale Stephens was very good in the centre of the park.

“We were the away team and even though they probed around our box, I can’t remember Mat Ryan having to make too many saves.

“Solly is a player developing all the time and is not somebody that normally gets to the far post and into those areas, but he keeps possession very well for us and he is developing with every game. He’s a super young player and we hope that he can keep progressing.”

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