Hughton unhappy with his side’s defence


Chris Hughton, the Brighton coach, admitted that his team is experiencing a tough period and they have been conceding a lot of goals recently which makes him a bit worried about the current situation.

The newly-promoted club never conceded more than two goals before December but after that, they were destroyed 5-1 by Liverpool and they conceded two very silly goals in a very important game against Huddersfield. In addition, they have not scored from the open-play for four matches in a row and Chris Hughton admitted that the recent form of his side is not entirely good.

When he was asked about the thing that makes him worried the most, he insisted, according to Sky Sports: “Probably the conceding. Even as regards to our goal difference, we were fairly respectable but over a two-game period, we’ve conceded seven goals. Teams at the level of ourselves are generally not going to be big goal scorers because of the levels that you’re up against.”

The Brighton coach also spoke about the way his team have been conceding: “More so in the last game [against Huddersfield]. The manner of the goals we conceded were disappointing and a concern. As with everything, they are the challenges and if we thought we’ve done something poor in the last game we have to make sure we do better in the next one.”

In the end, Hughton admitted that this period of the season is very difficult for his team: “I suppose it shows how well we have started in our levels the fact that we’ve lost two on the bounce and we’re looking at it as a difficult period. But, that’s what’s going to happen, it’s happened to teams around us and that’s what the challenges of this division are. Over the last couple of seasons when this would have happened you would be confident of bouncing back in the next couple of games but in this division you’ve got to show that you accept what the division is, that you’ve learned from it and you do your best in the next game.”