Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says that he doesn’t feel any added pressure ahead of today’s game against Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium.
The Albion boss will see his side host the Terriers on the south coast this afternoon looking to notch a first league win of the calendar year – but he emphasised that the importance of getting results and the expectation it brings is apparent throughout a top-flight campaign.
“I have a very good working environment here and it helps me – there is always pressure though.
“If anyone asked me if I was feeling pressure I’d tell them it runs throughout the campaign – it’s there consistently. At this moment I don’t feel any more pressure than I have at any other stage this season.
“It’s a realistic club and fan base, we know this is our second season in the league – we finished in a position we felt we would last year, we hoped we’d improve on that and we have 11 games left to do that.
“There’s a realisation here that there’s going to be tough periods throughout the campaign, any managerial role is stressful and a pressurised position, some will feel it more than others.”
Despite being on the wrong ends of results in recent weeks in the Premier League, the manager also reiterated the fact that there were plenty of positive aspects to take from his side's performances.
“If we’d have gone through a really difficult period with regards to performances and we weren’t creating chances, then that would add to the pressure. But if I look at the last few games, we’ve performed relatively well, and we’ve had plenty of good moments in matches which helps.
“If you’re being outplayed and losing matches, it becomes difficult and then you’re looking to change things – our situation has been about not getting the points.
“The performances of the team have been generally good. I spoke after the game on Tuesday about being better at both ends of the field and you have to do both of those well to get a result in this division.”
The manager will have Romanian striker Florin Andone back into the fold for the contest this afternoon, with the forward having missed the last three games through suspension.
Hughton reflected on the abilities of the summer arrival, and looked back on the reverse fixture earlier this term where Andone notched his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“He’s been out for a longer period of time and he’s had to cope with it - as soon as he knew he’d be out, he had to condition his mind to deal with it and adjust his training routine.
“It means doing extra work and playing in some practice games. Perhaps when we have a lighter day of training, also spending some time with the under-23s. What you like to think is that any player that’s out comes back even more enthusiastic to come in and contribute.
“He’ll have fond memories of Huddersfield given the game against them back in December and he played well that day.
“He gives us good options and it’s good to have him back in the last third of the season. He offers us something different to the other strikers in terms of running in-behind and stretching opposition defences.”
- Read a full match preview ahead of the game with the Terriers by clicking here.
- The manager knows his side will have the full backing of the home fans this afternoon at the Amex – click here to read more.
- Davy Propper was also on press duty ahead of today’s game – click here to read from the Dutch midfielder.
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