Sunday 18 August 2019

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is staying grounded despite climbing to eighth place

Brighton manager Chris Hughton celebrates his side's 1-0 Premier League win at Swansea
Brighton manager Chris Hughton celebrates his side's 1-0 Premier League win at Swansea

Chris Hughton promised Brighton would not be getting carried away after success at Swansea took them into eighth place in the Premier League.

Glenn Murray's 29th-minute goal secured a 1-0 win and gave Brighton their first back-to-back wins in the top flight since 1983.

Brighton's previous away game was a 3-0 win at West Ham and the Seagulls have now lost only once in six league matches.

"We're in quite a nice rhythm at the moment and sometimes that carries you through to the next game," Brighton manager Hughton said.

"There's no better feeling than winning games and we weren't sure how the season was going to unfold.

"All we knew it was going to be a very difficult season with the quality we'd be up against.

"Eighth has surpassed our expectation, most newly promoted teams would say the same, but we've got to be guarded against any type of complacency.

"We go into a very heavy and difficult six weeks after the international break.

"We've got a lot of difficult games in December and that period will say something about what we're like as a side."

Brighton merited their victory, even if Murray's close-range winner owed as much to Swansea's abject defending as his own finishing skills.

Central defenders Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy marshalled an outstanding defensive effort with goalkeeper Matthew Ryan having only one save to make.

"It's always more pleasing after that last period when you come under pressure because of the offensive changes they make," Hughton said.

"We defended well in that period and in the end it was a really good away performance.

"Glenn had one chance and scored one goal. It was a good cross from Anthony Knockaert, but he's got to be there and put it away - and that's what Glenn brings us."

Swansea's defeat - their fifth from six home games - dropped them into the relegation zone and the fans' growing anger was vented at the board as well as the players.

Paul Clement's side have mustered only 21 efforts on goal in their 11 games and only bottom-placed Crystal Palace have scored fewer.

"The fans are frustrated, they're showing it," head coach Clement said.

"It's not the first time they've showed it, but today they showed it more ferociously.

"But no one is more disappointed and frustrated by the levels of performance than I am.

"If we play at that level and that standard, we can't be expected to get a point, never mind a win.

"A lot of the players in this group have been in this situation before and we have belief we can get out of it.

"But we don't want this continuing on and on, we have to do something about it soon."

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