Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Chris Hughton has told The Argus that his team must put in an improved performance even if they don’t end up winning the Sky Bet Championship title.
Ever since the Seagulls officially sealed their promotion to the Premier League, they have been looking to beat Newcastle United to the title. However even though they have had chances to win it all, they have slipped up in matches against Norwich and Bristol City.
Going into the final game of the season, Brighton still have the advantage as they are still in first place and are one point ahead of Newcastle. But they will have to get a win over Aston Villa which will be tricky especially as their head coach Steve Bruce has made it clear he wants to make sure that Newcastle win the league.
But Hughton has now said that even if they don’t win the title, all he wants is a much improved performance from his Brighton side.
He said: “It’s almost as important as the result.”
“The result is the most important thing, because if you said to me would I settle for a bad performance and winning the game and the title, then of course I would accept it.”
“But very close to that for me is the performance. Sunday is the last game and, having the season that we’ve had, I think it’s right and fitting that we at least finish that with a good performance.”
“By far the biggest achievement is gaining promotion and, come the summer, that’s the excitement, the challenges going into the season, but it’s all about moments and you go through good moments and not so good moments.”
“It will leave a little bit of a taste if we finish on a little bit of a down note. Losing three games on the spin, which is not like us, and an opportunity to win a title would do that.”