Chris Hughton not getting carried away


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Brighton boss Chris Hughton has urged his side to take each game as it comes as they try to confirm their place in the Premier League for next season.

The Seagulls have won their last two league games to ease the pressure on Hughton, with Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace unable to compete with the south coast outfit.

Hughton’s men are now five points above the drop zone ahead of their game against Southampton this weekend.

Although some fans will think they are safe, Hughton insists his team need to take each game in their stride and not allow the pressure to get to them.

He told the club’s official website: “You have to manage the workload in the best way possible, and of course we’ll be reliant on players being available.

“At this moment in time the only person who’s unavailable for this weekend would probably be Pascal Gross, and it’s very much about taking one game at a time.

“We can’t afford to look too far ahead or begin to pick out specific games where we identify where we’re more likely to pick up points – it’s about the management of playing one game at a time and coming through them without picking up injuries, and then addressing the next one.”

Brighton remain 2.50 favourites to beat the Saints, with the draw 3.10 and Southampton priced at 3.00. Bookmakers are also expecting the Seagulls to survive with Hughton’s side priced at 26.00 to be relegated.

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