Date: 17th September 2017 at 11:58pm
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Following defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, manager Chris Hughton has maintained that Brighton can take plenty of positives from the start of our 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

With a frustrating defeat to Bournemouth at Dean Court on Friday, Hughton knew we had spent good spells on top of the hosts before two errors saw them come from a goal behind to take all three points, so he felt there were plenty of reasons for optimism given the performances we are putting in.

Speaking to the Official Site as he looked back at the game and the opening month and a half, he explained.

‘We`re five games into the season and had enough good periods in our play in that time to be encouraged, but it`s going to be a tough season. Three of those games have been away from home and one of those games was against Manchester City.’

Hughton went on to add.

‘What you have to put into perspective is that we are the new team in the division and it was never going to be easy, but there have been some really good signs in our play. We were very good against West Brom and we were close on Friday to getting a result. It wasn`t really a performance that stopped us from getting something, it was just about those small margins.’

Turning thoughts to Bournemouth more directly, Hughton picked out Dale Stephens and goalscorer Solly March for particular praise.

‘Our possession play was very good, and Dale Stephens was very good in the centre of the park. We were the away team and even though they probed around our box, I can`t remember Mat Ryan having to make too many saves. Solly is a player developing all the time and is not somebody that normally gets to the far post and into those areas, but he keeps possession very well for us and he is developing with every game. He`s a super young player and we hope that he can keep progressing.’

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