Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted his players struggled to get to grips with AFC Bournemouth’s attacking prowess at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, and demanded a reaction from his team when Cardiff City visit on Tuesday.
The Seagulls were on the receiving end of a heavy 5-0 defeat after an uncharacteristic display against the Cherries, and Hughton was honest about his team’s inability to match Eddie Howe’s side on the south coast.
He said, “We came up against a very dynamic Bournemouth side and we just couldn’t handle them. They had the ability to pick us off in the areas that they needed to.
“At least four of the goals they scored were from us giving away possession and them countering really well.
“We changed the shape a little bit, but once you go down to ten men it makes it even harder for you.”
“In the end, it was about keeping the score down as much as possible — the fear is that it could have been worse.”
Albion remain five points above the Premier League relegation zone ahead of Tuesday night’s match against Cardiff City, and Hughton challenged his players to show their nerve and focus on securing a crucial three points.
“We don’t have a choice but to turn it around, and the character of the players will be important come Tuesday night.
“You ask them to show their character. There isn’t any player in the changing room that hasn’t been through hard times or been on the back of a big or embarrassing defeat.
"Once those players cross that line, it’s only them that can do it. If we thought today was a big game, then Tuesday night’s game is an even bigger one.”