Brighton news: Hughton calm on relegation fears

10 months ago

In the latest Brighton news, Chris Hughton has moved to calm fears about his side’s struggles after failing to win any of their last four outings.

The Seagulls have acquitted themselves well on their maiden flight to the Premier League, currently sitting 13th in the table but their recent form has led to worries about their prospects.

Brighton are still to play both Manchester clubs and Liverpool before the end of the season, while Burnley are their opponents on Saturday.

Before that, Tottenham visit The Amex on Tuesday and the Seagulls are 6/1 to win the game with William Hill.

Hughton previously spent 13 years playing for Spurs before spending a decade on the coaching staff.

Since then he has enjoyed spells in charge of Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich and has enjoyed plenty of success since taking over on the south coast in 2014.

Keeping Brighton in the Premier League would be amongst his greatest achievements and a win on Tuesday would certainly boost his side.

Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace extended the Seagulls’ recent winless run to four matches but with them still enjoying a seven-point cushion above the bottom three, Hughton is keen to play down any relegation fears ahead of Tuesday’s game.

“We’ll need to play well tomorrow – we’re at home and we know they play with a lot of possession,” he told reporters. “They’ve also had an outstanding year.

“Generally if we’ve lost matches it’s been by fine margins. We have to make sure that Saturday hasn’t set us back. For us it’s about being as solid as we can.

“Over this season we’ve handled ourselves very well – this club have worked hard to get into this division – this run of games comes with that – we need to recognise where we are in this league, we’ve been in a healthy position for a long time this season.”