November 2, 2017 / 10:55 AM / 9 months ago

Brighton boss Hughton not getting carried away after good start

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has urged the promoted side to be level-headed as fine margins separate them from the bottom teams in the early stages of the Premier League.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - London Stadium, London, Britain - October 20, 2017 Brighton manager Chris Hughton applauds fans after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Brighton are 12th in the league in their first top-flight campaign since 1983, after winning three and drawing three of their opening 10 league fixtures.

The Seagulls are four points above 18th-placed Everton and a win in Saturday’s match against Swansea City could take Brighton into the top half of the table but Hughton is remaining grounded.

“I’m very conscious of making sure that everybody around here is very level-headed about what we’ve done,” Hughton told The Argus.

“At this moment we haven’t done anything and the points difference between us and third-bottom is only four. That can change in a two-game period, but I have to be pleased as a newly promoted side to be where we are after 10 games.”

Swansea are 17th in the table and have lost four of their last five league games but captain Leon Britton could boost the team’s chances as he hopes to recover from a groin injury in time for Brighton’s visit.

“I’ve been getting some treatment, so it’s about seeing how things go,” Britton told the club’s website. (

“But if everything goes well, I’m hoping to be back training ahead of the Brighton game and available for selection.”

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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