Date: 5th May 2015 at 8:24am
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Manager Chris Hughton has said that now we have brought the curtain down on the Championship season and secured survival, his search for summer reinforcements begins.

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Brighton ended the 2014-15 season with a scoreless draw against Middlesbrough, and of course one of the main targets for the gaffer will be somebody who can hopefully get near 20 goals a season for us with goalscoring proving to be problematic all season long.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Hughton explained that it really was all eyes to the future as the main aim of the season had been survival and it may have been tighter than he’d have wanted, but we did it so we have a base to build from in the future again now.

‘We have a lot of work to do in the summer although the work started quite some time ago as our recruitment department never stops. Of course as soon as you`re secure in a division you can start making that work more meaningful and I`m hoping we can have a busy summer – but that`s not always easy.’

Hughton went on to say that since he came in as gaffer he felt there has been ‘good’ aspects to some of our play and games in general had been pretty tight over 90 minutes, so the aim for him now is to find the players that will add quality and options and turn those tight games more often in our favour.

Key to that of course is goal scoring and creating more chances as the two go hand in hand.

‘We particularly need an offensive edge that`s going to allow us to create more chances and score more goals. That is the priority and I don`t think that would come as a surprise to anybody. Plus, at this particular moment, all five loan players go back to their respective clubs. We have to look at the options that we`ve got, but I`d like to think the players that have come in have put enough in my mind to become a part of the options that we have.’

With the Middlesbrough game seeing a return for Christian Walton between the sticks, the gaffer explained that it was deliberate selection because he wanted to give the 19 year old an opportunity to impress again as he had thought long and hard recently about when was the right time to put him in, but with as little pressure as possible.

‘I wanted to play him but I actually felt a little bit more under pressure in the last game against Watford where I thought about playing him, but with teams pushing to get those final promotion places I felt I generally had to go with the side that`s been our strongest team. I think today where there was a little bit of pressure off, even though you have Middlesbrough and Norwich fighting for positions – their play-off places were secure – so I felt more comfortable doing it today and I thought he did very well.’

16-year-old James Tilley caught the eyes of many when he was named on the bench, and Hughton did give him his club debut towards the end of the game in injury time and again that was deliberate with an eye to the future.

‘One thing I wanted to do was to get a result and if I had perhaps brought him on earlier and you end up losing the game then that wouldn’t be a good feeling for the lad. But he will cherish the occasion today and he`s a young player that we hope will be a bright prospect.’

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