Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton wants his side to take the confidence from Saturday’s clean sheet into tomorrow night’s game with Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Seagulls head to the capital on the back of a resolute 0-0 draw with Wolves at Molineux at the weekend, and the boss wants the team to produce a similar display against Spurs on Tuesday evening.
He said, “The clean sheet was well-needed, especially after the last few games, it will give the whole back line a lot of confidence.
“It can give us a lift, the emphasis when you go to a side like Tottenham is always that you’ve got to be tight as a unit and restrict their opportunities because of their attacking options.
“Saturday would have lifted us and now we need to respond again with a performance that you can look back on and say we couldn’t have given any more.”
The stalemate in the Midlands moved Albion three points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff City, and Hughton praised the efforts of the team following a tough game on Saturday.
“There’s a positive feeling after the weekend’s game – the manner in which we got the result helped that, it was a tough game – what we have to do now is take that forward into the games that remain, and score goals at the other end,” he continued.
“Nobody could accuse this group of players as not trying hard enough at the weekend – a team of our level playing in this league will always have to work hard to get results.
“Up until the last month or so, we’ve been in a fairly good position in the table, unfortunately our poorest form has come at the worst time – that can happen when you’re playing in a division with this sort of quality.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently occupy a top four spot in the Premier League and contest a UEFA Champions League semi-final against Ajax at the start of next month – but the boss says Albion will approach the game optimistically as they search for a second positive result in the space of four days.
“They’re a top-quality side, but there has to be hope in every game that we go into – irrespective of a record or form, we will never go into a match thinking we can’t get a result.
“There have been enough good results around this division which indicate that, we will have to play as well as we can and rely on them not having the best of days, but we’re not too far away from the semi-final showing against Manchester City and we will certainly have to replicate elements of that.
“You need a lot of things to go your way, and that can happen – there will always be fine margins in matches, mostly though you need a good performance – however that comes is controlled on the day.”