Brighton boss Chris Hughton says Spurs draw a step towards safety
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 17/04/18 10:58pm
Chris Hughton admitted Brighton's draw Tottenham is a step towards Premier League survival.
The result took the Seagulls to 36 points for the season, eight clear of the bottom three with four games left to play.
Hughton praised his players' attitude, but said the race for survival in Brighton's debut Premier League season is still not complete.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw, Hughton said: "It's a step. What I was most happy with was our character. To concede when we did, probably through our own fault, to react as we did and play as big a part in the game as we did, I thought we showed great character and quality when we had to.
"We spoke about having to give everything against these sides, and if you're that percentage below your best, they can really hurt you. It's concentration, not allowing the quality they've got and I think we limited them to chances but no real clear ones."
Brighton were compact out of possession and restricted Tottenham to fewer chances than they have been accustomed to for much of the season.
The Seagulls' concentration, as well as their backing from the stands, impressed Hughton as they maintained their strong home record at the Amex Stadium.
He said: "It's the way it has to be. They have such quality. In the first half, when we didn't do so well was because we gave the ball away too readily, and if you do that they can hurt you.
"We've only lost four at home all season, to three of the big six, and we've needed the fans. If they see an effort they'll react to it."
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