Chris Hughton explains why Brighton are so desperate to stay in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says staying in the Premier League this season would be just as big an achievement as last year.

Thursday, 11th April 2019, 5:26 pm
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 10:37 am
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Seagulls returned to the top flight of English football after a 34-year absence last season and finished 15th in the top flight with 40 points.

They are five points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff and have seven games to go this year and Hughton admits his side are still learning about the division.

Asked about staying up this year, he said: "It would be as big an achievement because we are still not at the level that three, four, five years in the Premier League allows you to be.

"We're still learning about the division, the highs and lows, up and downs, the performance gaps as such. We're still learning a lot about this division and that's why we are so desperate to make sure we stay in it."

On the progress Brighton have made in their second season in the Premier League, Hughton said: "We have made progress in the team and the way the team is playing.

"We've changed a system to what we predominantly played last season. Probably the true calculation is about where you finish and how many points you finish with.

"It's not a true evaluation because I think you can still finish on the same amount of points or less points and feel you've improved or developed as a team. It may just so happen the teams around you have been better.

"I think we have improved, certainly in some aspects of our play, but it's also about where we finish in the league and how many points we finish with."