Chris Hughton wants to seal survival before Brighton face Arsenal and Manchester City

Chris Hughton hopes Brighton & Hove Albion will have their Premier League future secured before they face Arsenal and Manchester City in the final week of the season.

Thursday, 11th April 2019, 5:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th April 2019, 5:42 pm
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The Seagulls are five points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff with seven league matches left to play.

Albion entertain Bournemouth on Saturday and then Cardiff on Tuesday, before finishing the season with games against Wolves, Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester City.

With two tough games to finish the campaign, Hughton hopes Albion won't need too many points from those matches.

He said: "It goes without saying that at this moment we won't want to go into those two games having to win or so.

"That's not taking anything away and saying that we can't. We ran a Man City team relatively close at the weekend.

"If I look at our last performance here (against City), after 70 minutes it was 0-0. It's not that we can't pick up points but the law of averages and with a sensible head on, we would prefer to not have to go into those games needing something."

Bournemouth visit the Amex this afternoon and Hughton wants Albion to match the performance level they produced against Manchester City in their 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup semi-finals last weekend.

He said: "Sometimes it's not too difficult to raise levels in that type of game. Because of who we were playing you can still get beat relatively comfortably because of the level of the opposition.

"It's not so difficult to raise your game.

"We've got games now coming up until the end of the season where we want to see the same commitment that the team showed in the game last Saturday."