Chris Hughton On Brighton’s Chances Of Being Champions

We expected Brighton to beat Bristol City at home last night, but they lost for the second game in a row, this time  1-0 and the Robins are now safe in the Championship with 54 points – 6 points above the drop zone .

Blackburn are locked on 48 points with Nottingham Forest who have a goal difference just one goal better than Blackburn.


Rotherham and Wigan are already relegated.

Brighton’s successful manager Chris Hughton

To think Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League in 1995 under Kenny Dalglish and Nottingham Forest won the European Cup twice in succession in 1979 and 1980 under the great Brian Clough.

How times have changed.

As  for Brighton, their home form is the best in the Championship and before last night’s game they had 17 wins in 22 league games at the Amex and had lost only two games at home – one to Newcastle United 2-1.

Hughton really wants to win the Championship and he had this to say to Sky Sports after the game last night:

“It’s disappointing because we’ve had two opportunities to clinch the title but we now have to leave it to a very tough game, away to Aston Villa.”

“There is no doubt we were the better side today.”

“I think we just lacked that little bit of quality in our crosses and we probably made it too easy for them to defend.”

“It’s still very much in our hands and it’s a big one from us. We have a week to prepare.”

“We will have to show better quality than what we did today because again we’re up against a team who are in fine form.”

“It was a wonderful achievement to get promoted with three games to go, but we want to finish top.”  “We have to be confident.”

“I don’t know what happened.” “The preparation was good, and it was a really good opportunity to win.”

“We had a lot of the ball, but Bristol City defended very well, particularly their two centre-halves.”

“We didn’t have that bit of quality as we have in other games. We lacked that edge.” “Bristol City had not lost in four games, and you have to give them credit.”

“The Villa game will be as tough as the Norwich one was. But we have been better away from home than last season.”

“And if we play to our levels we have a chance.”

On away form, Newcastle are the best performing team in the Championship with 46 points and a club record 14 wins in our 23 road games this season.

For home form we are only 7th with 45 points from 22 games but we can make that 48 points from 23 games with a win next Sunday against Barnsley.

On away form Brighton are the 3rd best team in the league with 11 wins in their 22 away games but Aston Villa have lost only 3 times in 22 home games this season.

If Newcastle beat Barnsley next Sunday then Brighton will need to beat Villa to go up as Champions

It’s going to be very close but we can do it!!

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    They’re talking about us and Rafa on Sunday supplement

  • magpie6699

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    As he says it’s not in our hands – if they win or equal our result Brighton are champions. We have to get a better result than them if they draw or lose.
    I was surprised to see the headline about Sunderland being put out of their misery. If you live in Mackemland you’re always a misery!

  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Rumours in Spain that NUFC have been sniffing around Jonathan Viera of Las Palmas.
    If you follow Spanish footy he’s the left winger that Bale pushed over (RM 3 Las Palmas 3) receiving a 2 match ban.
    There something about Canarian attacking M/F’s – could he be the new David Silva ?

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Hey, Munster: aye I get it about Warnock in the chamo but you’d imagibe they’d go for David Wagner or similiar over him.

    But I’m hoping it’s Warnock! 🙂

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Some decent comments about us on sky this morning.

    Rafa and NUFC are made for each other, it would be great for the North East and the EPL and football if Nufc are in top 7.

    They aren’t sure he’ll stay, they think he should. It’s all down to Ashley and if he’s ready to spend that money and give the control to Rafa, they’re split on that whether he will/won’t.

    They say it’s Ashley’s last chance to be remembered for something positive at the club, mentioned his trophy quote and said its now or never.

    Like they say everything is in place, manager the ground the fans even the funds, over to you Ashley.

  • AncientC

    Apr 30, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    It looks like Sunderland are involved in a Mexican standoff with Moyes. He will be due massive compensation if they fire him…

    I bet that battle of wits will drag on all summer with Sunderland getting a new manager about a week before the Championship season starts.

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7


    I’d imagine that a major sticking point in Rafa’s negotiations is that Ashley won’t want to be seen to caving in over Rafa’s demand, if any, that Carr reports to him and has no control over player transfers and that Ashley does not veto any purchases. Furthermore, he’ll surely require that players should not be sold without his full agreement.

    Ashley’s best move would be to encourage Carr to retire gracefully – and then Carr could face any HMRC action if any, with his accomplice, Llambias.


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