Hughton warns of tough times

02 January 2018 04:22:35 GMTPlus11

Brighton head coach Chris Hughton has warned his side that things will not get any easier for them in the second half of the Premier League season.

The Seagulls had to settle for a share of the spoils against South Coast rivals Bournemouth, who hit back on two occasions to secure a point from a 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium, with Hughton feeling that his team deserved more for their efforts.

We certainly don't think the second half of the season will be any less difficult than the first half has been.

Chris Hughton

He told reporters: "It's a decent base, but probably right at this moment, the feeling is that we should be on two points more.

"Our overall performances in this first half of the season, going into the second half, have been very decent.

"But teams will get stronger and teams that haven't done as well in the first half of the season will endeavour to do better.

"We certainly don't think the second half of the season will be any less difficult than the first half has been."

Brighton are available at 2.62 to be relegated this season, with Albion 1.44 to secure their top-flight status for a second year.

Meanwhile, Hughton was full of praise for record signing Jose Izquierdo, who set up both Seagulls goals before missing a chance to earn the hosts a win late on.

He added: "He's still adjusting. He has particular qualities and what he can do is stretch teams in-behind, particularly with the way we play - we need those outlets.

"Overall, not just his offensive play, his work for the team was excellent."

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