Hughton: Liverpool would have been daunting but…

Date published: Thursday 23rd August 2018 1:27

Chris Hughton believes Brighton’s surprise victory over Manchester United has eased the pressure ahead of their daunting trip to Liverpool.

Albion, who began the campaign with a disappointing loss at Watford, beat United 3-2 on Sunday and Hughton is relieved to have points on the board before they travel to Anfield. Hughton was a notable winner of the weekend.

“I hope it’s done a lot because an away game at Liverpool, they almost don’t come any tougher than that,” said Hughton, speaking about the impact of beating Jose Mourinho’s side.

“We certainly need to show a lot of the qualities that we showed in last week’s performance.

“It allows us to go to Liverpool with three points. It’s perhaps quite daunting, if you’ve lost your first two games and your next game is Liverpool.

“Hopefully it will allow us to go there with a little bit more confidence, a little bit less pressure.

“There isn’t anybody that would expect us or see us winning in that game and I think we’ve got to approach the game in a manner that will allow us to get something.”

Albion’s final home game of last season saw them defeat Jose Mourinho’s United to retain their top-flight status.

They repeated the trick following first-half goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross at a raucous Amex Stadium.

Reaction to the result was heavily focused on the poor performance of the visitors and Hughton thinks his players deserved a greater share of the limelight for their impressive display.

“I think when you’re playing against the top six, you’re generally the underdogs,” he said.

“And probably we didn’t get the credit that we deserve.

“But I think that’s normal.

“Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to go under the radar a little bit but it was a very good performance and certainly a performance that deserved the win.”

Albion defender Lewis Dunk faces a late fitness test after suffering an ankle injury in a challenge with United striker Romelu Lukaku.

The issue does not appear to be as bad as first feared and Hughton says Dunk has an outside chance of being involved on Merseyside.

Nigeria international Leon Balogun, who made his Seagulls debut when replacing Dunk from the bench on Sunday, could deputise.

“Lewis hasn’t trained this week. The good news is that it’s not a bad one, he went over on his ankle,” said Hughton.

“We don’t expect him to be out for any real period of time.

“He’s a tough individual, we haven’t ruled him out completely but, at this moment, it would be doubtful.”

 

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