No celebrations if Brighton seal Premier League safety this weekend - Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Chris Hughton insists there will be no celebrations if Brighton & Hove Albion seal Premier League safety this weekend.

Albion are four points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff with just two games remaining each.

The Seagulls will be all but assured of a third successive season in the top flight if Cardiff fail to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday owing to their superior goal difference.

If Cardiff win, Albion will definitely be safe if they win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Asked if he will allow Brighton to celebrate if they seal survival, Hughton said: “No. What every club has a responsibility to do is to give their best in every game.

"We are also in a position that is still affecting a league position. So, we will prepare the best way we can. We already know which days we’ll be in next week and our preparation will be the same for City as it was for Arsenal this week.

“I’m hoping post-City we are in a position to feel good about being in the division next season. But for the next 10 days it’s going to be about focused heads and thinking about nothing other than how we can get results in these two games.”

Hughton accepts it could be an emotional weekend and said: "It will be but that’s part of the game.

"I would rather be in a different position but it’s us who has put us in this position. We have to cope with it and give our very best to make sure the outcome, which could be this weekend or next, is a good one for us.”


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