Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton knows that his side will have the full backing of the home supporters when they entertain Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Seagulls host the Terriers on the south coast in a game which could have a big significance on the look of the table come the end of the day, and the Albion boss is looking forward to having the full support of the fans.
He said, “The supporters have been excellent for us ever since I’ve been at the club and long before that.
“They’re also conscious that we’ve fought for many years to reach this level – it will be another sell-out which is brilliant and another real indication of what the fans feel.
“I think they know it’s a big game for us – whenever we’ve needed them that little bit more they’ve always produced, this is a group of players who fought so hard to get into this division and I fully expect them to fight equally as hard to stay here.”
The game with Jan Siewert’s men is the first of five in succession on home soil against sides that currently occupy places in the bottom half of the top flight, and Hughton stressed his faith in the team’s ability to rise to the challenges that he and his players face between now and the end of the campaign.
“I’d have to say it’s the biggest game in the division so far, but I’ll be saying that for every game and the one after. We have to remember the game against Manchester United at home last season that secured our status with two games to go.
“Is there anything bigger than that? They’re all big games and I’m quite sure that they’ll all be very significant between now and May.
“If we look back at last season and the period towards the end of the campaign where we had to improve and win games, then that shows you that this group can deal with pressure situations.
“We were able to do that – but this is probably the most difficult period we’ve had and it’s where you look at the character within the team and the squad.”
Albion are searching for their first league win of the calendar year this weekend, and the manager emphasised the need for unity and character for the matches that lie ahead.
“The stats and figures don’t lie, we know that. The best opportunity is always the next one – our last game saw us go close and the game could have gone either way.
“It wasn’t to be and now we have another chance to get a win, and of course you always prefer it to be at home.
“There’s always statistics that work both ways - we have to prepare in the best way we can in this difficult period – we understand some of the talk now because of that, but we have to put it all into perspective.
“This is our second year in this league and are amongst teams that have spent more than ourselves and are more experienced in this division – we have to work hard and stick together to get out of it and get points.”
- Read a full match preview ahead of the game with the Terriers by clicking here.
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