Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says that his side’s Premier League survival rests in their own hands ahead of the final part of the campaign.
The Seagulls host the Cherries this afternoon looking to pull further clear of the bottom three, and the boss believes that the side having their top-flight fate in their control is the most important thing with seven games to go.
He said, “It’s in our hands and that’s always the best way to be – nothing’s changed in that respect.
“We will always look at other results and hope they go our way, but as we’ve found it doesn’t always happen.
“It’s up to ourselves because we have four home games and three away games left – some of them are tough, but we also have games against teams around us.
“At the start of the season you knew on the law of averages that would be certain matches where you might have a better chance of winning and getting points."
Hughton also reflected on a number of sides in England’s second and third tiers who have dropped out of the Premier League in recent seasons, and believes the division is getting harder with each passing campaign.
“When you look at the teams that go down – there are bigger clubs than ours who have gone out of the league and are not favourites to come straight back up,” he continued.
“I think it makes it harder each year and that’s why you have to be able to develop in the right way and make sure you go through a season giving yourself every chance of staying up.
“That’s why at this moment being in the league next season is the objective, as opposed to looking any further.”
The manager also discussed rising expectations of the crowd and the effect that success can have, insisting it was part of the sport and something he has always come to expect.
“As a manager you have to anticipate expectations to change – it’s part of the game, at the bigger clubs where it’s a lot higher it’s something that might happen on a more regular basis.
“But fans will always have expectations, once you lift those there can be a disappointment when you don’t reach them.
“The same individuals that may voice their disapproval will be the same who are happy when the team scores – you have to ride with it."