Chris Hughton takes positives from Brighton's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 01/10/17 6:38pm
Brighton boss Chris Hughton was keen to take the positives from his side's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi either side of the break were enough for the Gunners to see off the south-coast club, although Solly March hit the woodwork and Brighton enjoyed a good spell in the final stages of the game as they sought a response.
"When you come here, you know it's going to be a difficult afternoon," said Hughton. "They've got such quality, you have to set your team up. It's very difficult to be very expansive here, particularly when you are a team like we are that's just been promoted.
"But I think there were certainly positives. Concentration levels have to be very much for 90 minutes with what they've got. We probably just needed to make more of some of the good areas we got in. At times, when we broke, we probably needed to capitalise on those a little bit more.
"When you have competitive players, you don't like losing. But once it settles in and we go through the game again, I think there are more positives to come from the game than negatives."
Brighton have seven points from their first ever seven Premier League games and Hughton assesses that as a reasonable return - although feels his side could be going into the international break with one or two more points to their name.
"I don't think you're ever satisfied," he said. "There are certainly a couple of games where we could have got more, such as when we were 1-0 up at Bournemouth. Even if you come out of that game with a draw, then we could have had slightly more.
"But we're a new team coming into this division and learning. We've played Arsenal and Man City, and in both of those games we've not been out of sight. We could have done more, but ok."