Date: 1st July 2015 at 5:39pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has called on Brighton to develop a winning mentality for the 2015-16 season.

With a season of relegation struggles successfully avoided by the end of 2014-15, Hughton knows that over the pre season campaign Brighton need to get confident and get belief and develop a winning, clinical mentality so that we enjoy a far more successful season in the coming months.

Speaking to the Official Site as we now enter the period of 37 day preparation ahead of the league kick off in front of the cameras against Nottingham Forest on August 7, the gaffer explained.

‘When I came here we started with some good results and at one stage we were ten points clear of that relegation zone and then we found it a bit more difficult to get the goals that we needed to get. We need to be more consistent. If you look at Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth and how they managed to get promotion, we’re going to need some of those qualities to be up there.’

Hughton went on to say that being at a club like this, especially with the investment made into the facilities and infrastructure at the club, frankly there’s no point being here unless you have ambitions of promotion and top flight football and that’s what he wants to achieve if we can next season.

Like always though, he knows it will be a competitive division and there will be some shock results, but again whoever can develop and keep that consistency to at least turn potential losses into draws, and more draws into wins, will ultimately be near the top of the table come May.

‘It’s likely there will be a group of ten teams, that in certain parts of the season, have an opportunity to push on and put themselves into a position to get promotion and we want to be one of them.’

Of course his hopes of doing that will be aided by a full pre season under his belt where tactics and the like can be more easily worked on without the rush of competitive games on the horizon, and a full summer transfer window will also be of benefit to him.

‘It means that the competition is fiercer and it means that any team has a chance of making sure they have a squad that can compete and do everything they need to do that. Can we match it? It would be great if we can, but I think the profile of this Championship is getting bigger and it’s a big year this year with the television money and the teams that go up; we want to give ourselves a chance.’

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