Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton insists his team will do everything they can between now and the end of the Premier League season to retain their top-flight status, following tonight’s 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at the Amex Stadium.
The gap between the Seagulls and the bottom three was reduced to just two points after losing to the Bluebirds on the south coast, and Hughton demanded his players to dig deep during the final five matches of the season.
He said, “We’ve always had a battle on our hands, we’re a young team in this division and there’s going to be highs and lows.
“At this moment it’s a low, particularly because of the last two defeats at home, but we have no choice but to get on with it, roll our sleeves up and show the quality that we’ve got.
“We need to get back to what we do best and look to get results in this series of games.
“It’s still very much in our own hands and that’s the way we have to look at it. It’s been a huge disappointment for us, particularly at home, but we have to find a way around this.
“We need to make sure we show the quality that we know we have, the fighting sprit that we know we have and the togetherness we have, and take that into these final games.
“It’s about making sure we’re in this division next season, and we need to and will do everything that we can to make sure that happens.”
Goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Albion, and Hughton reflected on another bitterly frustrating evening at the Amex.
“It was a tough night and probably a reflection of where we are at the moment. We pushed and pushed, but unless we’re managing to get goals, we’re generally on the back foot.
“You then become susceptible to quality, which they showed on their first goal, and then there was naivety from us on the set play.
“We certainly had enough possession in the game, both in our half and the final third, but you’ve got to have that breakthrough.
“For any nervousness that we have, the only way to get that breakthrough is by scoring. A goal relieves that bit of pressure and tension, and maybe allows the game to open up.
“We came up against a Cardiff team that do what they do very well, they man-mark all over the park and restricted us in the [forward] areas.
“But we’ve got to be able to break free from that and show our quality in the final third, but we weren’t able to do that today.”