Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says his side have the character and determination to get back to positive results when they travel to face Wolves tomorrow afternoon at Molineux.
The Seagulls play their third Premier League game in a week when they visit the Midlands on Saturday, and the boss knows he can rely on his team to turn their recent fortunes around.
He said, “We have a togetherness and battling qualities that I know we can show, that’s what this team was built on and what we need to make sure we show plenty of.
“We had a fairly long meeting in the changing room after the game on Tuesday, which is normal, then we had a talk out on the grass on Thursday morning, it was a shorter one because it’s about making sure we do the right things to get the results we need.
“Every team of our level will have a period where they don’t play to the level they know they can – that will bring anxiety, that’s normal.
“We started very well on Tuesday and those are the moments where you’re looking for things to go your way – that changes the outcome of the game, these are all the factors you have to try and address as a manager.”
Hughton also spoke about the mood in the dressing room following the midweek loss to Cardiff City, and highlighted the need to look to the future rather than dwell on previous weeks.
“After the game on Tuesday the mood was low but that’s normal on the back of a defeat - generally what happens over the next few days is that focus turns to the next challenge after we’ve analysed the last match,” he continued.
“We are very acceptant here that it was always going to be a season of ups and downs, nothing changes in that way and every game is a challenge. This is the toughest part of the season so far, it’s our most difficult time.
“We won’t go through a season without difficult times and challenges – that’s the level we are at, expectations rise a little bit, but this is still only our second season in the league and we have to keep looking forward to the next opportunities to get points on the board.”
The boss also reflected on the importance of focusing on the job in hand to keep the Seagulls in the Premier League, and spoke about ignoring opinions from those outside the club.
“Criticism is part of the game, you have to shut it out and focus on the job - it’s normal and understandable in this day and age, we have so many media outlets nowadays and everyone will have views.
“What we have to accept is that if there’s going to be good things said about a team or individuals, there will also be times where it goes the opposite way – but you can’t afford to let it concern you.
“You have to put that to one side and be big and brave enough to get results.”