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HUGHTON: WE MUST REMAIN FOCUSED

23 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton at the Vitality Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says his players must keep their concentration at all times against Newcastle United at the Amex tomorrow afternoon.

Bournemouth overturned Albion’s lead in the space of seven second-half minutes last week, and Hughton believes remaining focused is pivotal to earning points when playing in the Premier League.

He said, “If I look at what Bournemouth have in those forward areas, they have a lot of pace and power, so you're going to be tested.

“It's about making sure, that the concentration levels, going with players and not leaving gaps, is always at its highest.

“It’s very difficult to do that for 90 minutes, but you have to do it for as long as possible.

“The players know that and it will always be the aim going into every game.”

Visiting defender Jamaal Lascelles has scored the winning goal in each of Newcastle’s previous two games, and Hughton spoke about the job his players are faced with in marking the 23-year-old from set-pieces.

“They’ve won two games, against Swansea and Stoke, both from a set play - which has taken them from five points from three games to nine.

“We’re very conscious that they have somebody that, at this moment, has been very good.

“We also learned that last season, with him scoring against us from a wide free kick, so we’re very conscious of his qualities.”

Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul could make his league debut for the Seagulls after making his switch from the Magpies permanent, and Hughton assessed the strength of his goalkeeping options.

“I like to think I've got three goalkeepers who are all pushing. Maty [Ryan] came in over the summer, and Niki has done well for us on every occasion that he’s had to.

“I think I'm in a very good position at the moment, where I've got three very competitive goalkeepers; Tim [Krul] being the newest of the three, having come in just before the window closed.

“I wouldn't want somebody that I would regard as the first choice at any particular time.

 They need the pressure of having a goalkeeper or two goalkeepers underneath them, who are very much trying to become the number one choice.”


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