Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has emphasised his desire for his side to focus on their own results, rather than those of others around them in the Premier League table.
The Albion boss takes the team to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City tomorrow evening having had just over a fortnight away from top flight action, and he highlighted the importance of the Seagulls channelling efforts into their own fortunes first and foremost.
He said, “When results go for you it gives you a little bit of a lift, but it’s about the results we get ourselves – if we get good ones then we don’t have to worry about the teams around us.
“The league is tough and there’s a group of teams who are close together in the table – it’ll be about making sure we do enough to pull ourselves away from that group between now and the end of the season.
“It’s a busy period coming up and you have to be ready – that’s our job and the level of club we are. We’ve gone from what some perceived as a good position in the league, to needing to pick up points after some disappointing results.
“We need to start getting points in whichever way we can – to still be in the cup is still a plus for the team and the club, but we know Tuesday is the first opportunity to get points in the league in a big upcoming period.”
Albion’s last victory in the league was a 1-0 success over Everton at the Amex Stadium at the end of December, but the manager believes his side’s efforts haven’t picked up the return of points they've deserved in recent weeks.
“We’ll never go through a Premier League season without having difficult periods – up until now I think we’ve done okay.
“It’s tough at the moment, we’re not so much on the back of bad performances, rather just some bad results.
“I think that’s normal in any season we’ll have – but you have to show character to come through it. Ultimately, it’s about winning enough games, the emphasis doesn’t really change, but we know we need to start putting in performances that are going to win matches for us.”
Tuesday evening’s opponents parted company with manager Claude Puel on Sunday morning following a home defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, but Hughton was keen to focus on his team primarily, rather than think about the impact the departure would have on the Foxes.
“It shows how difficult this job is, you can be doing very well and pick up great results and then things can change – you always feel for the manager because there’s no doubting the hard work he would have put in to get the team to where they are.
“They’re a very good side anyway, and we don’t know what the reaction will be.
“It was a good performance from them at the weekend, and they weren’t a team that deserved to lose that game 4-1. Crystal Palace are good at what they do, but I thought Leicester were very good and I didn’t see too much wrong with the team.
“They have a lot of ability and some very good individuals – but we have to focus and concentrate on the things that we feel can get us a result.”