It’s important not to panic – Hughton

Chris Hughton. Photograph: Paul Hazlewood

Chris Hughton. Photograph: Paul Hazlewood

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Seagulls boss Chris Hughton feels it is important not to panic after Albion’s winless run reached eight games on Tuesday evening, with a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham.

The Seagulls have failed to score in their last six matches in all competitions and have slipped from top of the Championship to sixth.

They are now just two points above seventh-placed Sheffield Wednesday but Hughton said: “We are aware that we mustn’t panic. What we’re experiencing at the moment is the Championship.

“The level of competition is no different to what it was earlier in the season when, of course, we were doing well and on a very good run.

“Rotherham was a game where we could have got something but it’s probably the only game in our run that I could say I don’t think we deserved to get anything.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Hughton said: “Our initial target going into the season was to be really competitive and give ourselves a chance of being in that top six.

“After the good start to the season, I know expectations rise a little bit. At this moment, the fancied teams are in the favoured positions.”

On strengthening the squad, Hughton said: “Come the end of January, we’ve got to have the best squad available, so we can go through to the end of the season and be exactly where we want to be.

“We are working very, very hard and will certainly bring in what we need to, or feel we need, to give us that competition in the squad.”

Captain Gordon Greer will miss Saturday’s game at Blackburn but will be back for the home match with Huddersfield the following week.

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