Chris Hughton admits that Brighton need to be more “resilient” if they are to survive as they are not a “big goalscoring team”.
Chris Hughton has warned his Brighton side that they must improve defensively if they are to avoid being relegated from the Premier League this season (Brighton 5/2 Relegation).
The Seagulls boss watched as third-bottom Cardiff dragged his team deeper into the mire on Tuesday as they picked up a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium to move within two points of them.
And, while that ended a run of three successive defeats for Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds, it condemned Brighton to a fourth consecutive loss ahead of a tough game against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday (Wolves 8/11, Brighton 5/1, Draw 5/2 – Match Betting).
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are chasing a seventh-placed finish this term so will be no pushovers, while Hughton is urging his defence to tighten up in order to try and pick something out of the game.
Brighton have only kept one clean sheet away from home all season and have conceded two or more goals in six of their last seven away matches.
And Hughton told his press conference: “We haven’t been a big goalscoring team. For what we have, we’re not going to be that.
“What we have been able to do is stay in games, make games close and tight affairs.
“In those games (defeats at home to Bournemouth and Cardiff), we’ve conceded far too many goals, and that’s not down to individuals. It’s down to the team.
“If we’re not going to score the goals, we need to be more resilient.
“Over the last few days, we haven’t been like that.”
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