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Monday 17 December 2018

Hughton: We have learned lessons

Brighton’s Chris Hughton
Brighton’s Chris Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton is confident his side can learn lessons from the 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool as they look to bounce back at Huddersfield.

The Seagulls were outclassed by the Reds in front of their own fans last weekend - a second defeat in the last three games having also lost 1-0 at Manchester United.

Hughton is determined to find some positives from the heavy reverse and get his team back on track with a positive result against Huddersfield, who were also promoted last season.

"It's about reacting to difficult days," he said. "The Liverpool result and performance was something we haven't been involved in too much so far this season.

"It reiterates to the players that if you make mistakes, teams like that will really capitalise on them.

"Liverpool had six shots on target and scored five goals and that demonstrates how clinical the top teams can be - but we will learn from that without a doubt."

Evolved

Hughton is hoping his team have "evolved to be better" than when the two sides met at the John Smith's Stadium in the Championship last season, which saw Brighton well beaten 3-1.

Brighton have picked up two wins and a draw on their travels back in the top flight after an absence of 34 years.

"I have been delighted with our away performances," he said.

"That will need to be the case again because Huddersfield have been very solid at home. They have got a vocal crowd."

Despite their troubles away from home, Huddersfield have collected 11 points from their seven Premier League matches at home so far, including a memorable victory over United.

Hughton said: "They had to overcome a difficult period last season, but their quality meant they overcame that and finished the season strongly. Huddersfield have recruited really well over the last few windows, have a quality squad, which is one we know well. They have adapted well, like ourselves, to the top flight."

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