Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has praised the club’s supporters ahead of this afternoon’s game with Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Seagulls head to Yorkshire today looking to kickstart three games in eight days with a win away to the Terriers, and the Albion boss spoke highly of the fans ahead of the contest.
He said, “I think we’ve got a fabulous crowd who are very supportive. I think any sort of expectancy and disappointment is normal.
“I don’t think that would not be the case anywhere else – we played for 60 minutes against ten men last weekend, winning 1-0 and then conceded which was frustrating.
“Our supporters have been brilliant for so long now, and I understand expectations may change a little bit – all you want to make sure is that you have a crowd who are very good, and we have that.”
“Last season might have slightly changed expectations, but we still have a group of fans that know it will be a tough season.
“I think we have a realistic crowd, sometimes they’ll show frustration but there’s nothing wrong with that – we were disappointed last weekend, we can’t feel that way and expect them not to feel the same – but we know this weekend they’ll be right behind us.”
David Wagner’s men provide the first opposition of December this afternoon, before tests against Crystal Palace and Burnley follow. Hughton previewed what to expect from today’s opponents and also discussed objectives for the campaign.
“We need to be good in possession of the ball and a threat going forward – they have changed some aspects of their game and they are sometimes capable of going a little bit longer into their front players now.
“They can adapt their game, they’re a good side with a good home crowd, we’ll need to be good on the ball and I don’t think you can go away from home anywhere and sit back for big periods of the game and not be vulnerable at some stage.”
“If anybody asked me at the start of the season about the aspirations for the campaign, then the two answers are; always to make sure we stay in the division, and to see some development.
“That development might be the positional places, or the feel that we have a better squad that we continue to build and add to whilst developing the club.”
The side lost to Cardiff City in their last game on the road, before being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City last weekend – the boss reflected on fine margins within those matches and conceded that he felt decisions had gone against his men.
“Certain moments recently have been a little bit disappointing but it’s about having things go for you and working in your favour during certain periods.
“We’ve been a little bit unlucky in recent weeks, but those things can go both ways, we’ll be looking to get back to our good defensive qualities this weekend.
“We did well to keep three clean sheets in a row in October – the plus points are that we’ve been in every game and there’s been nobody that’s beaten us by a big margin, so we’re always in games.”