Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says that the side must take the busy upcoming run of fixtures one at a time as they prepare to contest seven matches in 25 days.
The schedule begins when Southampton visit the Amex Stadium tomorrow afternoon in the Premier League, and the Albion boss was keen to highlight the importance of addressing the matches one-by-one over the coming weeks.
He said, "You have to manage the workload in the best way possible, and of course we’ll be reliant on players being available.
“At this moment in time the only person who’s unavailable for this weekend would probably be Pascal Gross, and it’s very much about taking one game at a time.
“We can’t afford to look too far ahead or begin to pick out specific games where we identify where we’re more likely to pick up points - it’s about the management of playing one game at a time and coming through them without picking up injuries, and then addressing the next one.”
This weekend’s opponents appointed Ralph Hassenhuttl as their new manager back in December on a two-and-a-half-year deal, and Hughton was full of praise for the job his opposite number and former RB Leipzig man has done since taking the role along the south coast.
“There’s never an easy role to go into, particularly not when changes are made, I think he’s done an outstanding job – he’s had a good mixture of getting the team to play well whilst also getting results.
“Their last two performances in particular – against both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, have been very good and they’re playing well at the moment – they haven’t played for three weeks but you can never tell what impact that will have had.
“They may have managed to train hard and be revitalised, or the three weeks away from competitive action for those who haven’t been with their national sides can have the opposite effect - it can go the other way and you never know.”
Three points and one league position separate the two sides ahead of tomorrow’s contest, and the boss was keen to stress the importance of the contest against a team in close proximity to the Seagulls.
“We can’t afford to think that certain teams are too far adrift, because nobody knows the number of points it will take for us to be safe.
“The one this weekend is a big game for us because it’s against a team who are around us in the table and it’s the next possible chance to pick up points.
“None of the sides can afford to think anyone is relegated yet – the task is tougher for some than others, but until you’re at the stage where it’s mathematically not possible then everyone has a chance.
“We have to be as competitive as we can and keep fighting, whilst thinking that all of the teams below us are capable of winning games.”