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Chris Hughton urges Brighton players to roll their sleeves up

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has urged the players to roll their sleeves up as they face a relegation battle in their hands. The Seagulls have been in a woeful run of form during the backend of the season and the recent home defeat at the hands of Cardiff City has put them within two points off the relegation zone.

Speaking after the Bluebirds’ defeat, Hughton indicated that the team must find a way of turning around the lean run of form, given they have quality within their ranks to do so, he said: “We’ve always had a battle on our hands, we’re a young team in this division and there’s going to be highs and lows. At this moment it’s a low, particularly because of the last two defeats at home, but we have no choice but to get on with it, roll our sleeves up and show the quality that we’ve got. We need to get back to what we do best and look to get results in this series of games. “It’s still very much in our own hands and that’s the way we have to look at it. It’s been a huge disappointment for us, particularly at home, but we have to find a way around this.”

“Brighton had the opportunity to go eight points clear off 18th-placed Cardiff City on the table“ but they produced a poor performance on their home patch as the latter secured a 2-0 triumph. As such, Hughton’s side find themselves just two points away from the relegation places, “although they have played“ an extra game less when compared to Cardiff.

Brighton are scheduled to face Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Arsenal and Manchester City in the final five matches of the season, and none of those games appear easy on paper. Nonetheless, they should fancy their prospects against Wolves and Newcastle, who have been inconsistent over the past month. In fact, Brighton have had the better of both teams with 1-0 wins during the reverse fixtures.