Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton insists that any rising expectations from supporters indicate that his side are performing well.
The boss takes the Seagulls to face Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon with the team in 10th position in the Premier League, and he discussed the objectives of the fans given his side’s exploits so far this term.
He said, “There will always be expectation, but we have a realistic group of supporters – we know that expectations are higher this season than they were last year.
“But that’s normal and it wouldn’t be any different anywhere else – Burnley might be different because they had an incredible year last season, but for a team like ourselves expectations will rise.
“That’s part of the game and you have to live with it – if they go up it means you’re doing well.”
Hughton also reflected on the dynamics of the division and his side’s current standing in the league table, highlighting the need to keep grounded from week to week in England’s top tier.
“For the likes of us it’s very hard to get into that top six and I don’t think in saying that that I would be different to any other manager in this division.
“I think most would see Everton as the next best chance of forcing their way into that group, and Leicester City for the last few years.
“Outside of that there are a big group of teams who can get results on their day – it’s about being consistent, last year it was Burnley.
“You never know who that will be because it fluctuates – for us at this moment it’s about maintaining our levels and not thinking about league position in terms of how high we are.”
Solly March took his tally of assists for the season to five following last weekend’s 2-1 victory away to Huddersfield Town, and the manager praised the current form of the midfielder after the team’s consecutive victories so far this week.
“His all-round game has improved and he’s had a good run in the side – that’s credit to him because he’s done so in a number of positions on the pitch.
“We had Pascal Gross on the sidelines - he’s generally been our number ten, and Solly did that very well in his absence.
“The challenge for him now is to get goals – he’s given more assists than in the past, but he’s a forward player and he knows that the next step now is to find the net regularly.
“It’s probably the most consistent he’s been during my time here – he’s capable of having outstanding games and moments off the bench – I remember the game away to Birmingham City a few years ago and he won us the game, but I’d say at the moment this is the best spell he’s had at the club.”