Hughton demands Brighton 'learn from the disappointment they had this season’

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Chris Hughton wants his Brighton & Hove Albion side ‘to learn from the disappointment they had this season’ as their Premier League campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat at home to champions Manchester City this afternoon.

Albion defied the odds by going ahead thanks to Glenn Murray's header from a corner, but goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, and Ilkay Gundogan saw City race back to secure, not only a comfortable victory but, the Premier League title.

The Seagulls finished 17th in the Premier League, just two points clear of relegated Cardiff City, after a wretched 2019 saw them win just twice in the league.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hughton said: "All I wanted was for us to put in a performance but it's the margins and quality that make the difference for us.

"We needed to hold it at 1-0 for longer but it's difficult with the quality that they've got. I'm proud of the performance.

READ MORE Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City player ratings | Manchester City's title triumph was Guardiola's 'toughest in career by far' | Being at Brighton changed my life - Retiring skipper Bruno

"The next step is to learn from the disappointment we had this season. We need to score more goals, that's the biggest thing."

“There are really good parts of our game that we can hold on to, but goals are the most important thing."

Hughton also paid tribute to retiring Brighton skipper Bruno, after the Spaniard decided to call time on his 20-year playing career.

He added: "Bruno is not just a great captain but it takes real dedication to the cause to get himself in shape at 38 years old.

“He's a fantastic person and that's why he's held in such high esteem by everyone at the club.”

READ MORE Brighton star praises champions Manchester City after clinching title at the Amex | Sky Sports pundits have their say on Brighton's 2018/19 campaign | Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City fan and action picture gallery