Charlton comeback key as Albion’s tough run begins

Albion boss Chris Hughton Picture: Paul Hazlewood

Albion boss Chris Hughton Picture: Paul Hazlewood

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Albion boss Chris Hughton believes last Saturday’s fightback 3-2 success over Charlton at the Amex was vital as his side face a tricky week.

Brighton turned around a two-goal first-half deficit to net three times in the second and take all three points in the Championship clash.

That success saw them climb back to the top-of-the-table but Hughton’s side face one of their toughest weeks of the season.

Brighton make the trip to third-placed Derby on Saturday before a trip to Queens Park Rangers four days later and then face a home clash with Middlesbrough, who sit in second position, in what will be a tough week.

After Saturday’s success, Albion will go into those with back-to-back wins following home successes over Birmingham and Charlton.

And Hughton feels that going into this tough run on the back of two wins is vital.

He said: “Saturday’s three points and win over Charlton was massive, I mean no disrespect to both Birmingham and Charlton by that, but going into these tough upcoming games we wanted to try and take maximum points at the Amex.

“Certainly for a long period on Saturday it didn’t look like that was going to be the case but we did and I’m hopeful we can gain something from that.

“The fightback showed great character and resilience in the squad and that is something we will need coming into these few matches.

“It showed what character we have in this squad. It’s unlike us this season to concede and have to comeback but is showed great quality from the side and we will need to show that in these next games.”

Albion have no fresh injury doubts for Saturday’s trip to Derby but Gaetan Bong, Sam Baldock, Liam Rosenior, Kazenga LuaLua and Andrew Crofts all remain on the sidelines.

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