hughton on right road.
Byline: DAVID MADDOCK
CHRIS HUGHTON believes the reality of life at the top for clubs like Brighton means they have to pick and choose their battles.
The Seagulls produced an impressive defensive display at Anfield, on the back of a pulsating victory over Manchester United a week ago, to offer promise of another encouraging season for their fans.
Even though Liverpool eventually took victory by the smallest margin, Brighton showed defensive resilience with a totally different performance to the one that blew away United.
And their boss Hughton (right) explained there is simply no point in smaller teams being "brave" and charging at the big guns in a suicide mission on the road.
"There is a difference between home and away. We can argue why, but that is a fact," he said.
"Going away is more difficult, so if you want to play a bit more aggressive and expansive you have more chance of doing that at home against the big teams than away.
"Every manager has to decide the best way, but it is hugely difficult against City, Liverpool and Chelsea."
For Hughton, Brighton's chances of survival this season mean winning games at home and squeezing out more points on their travels - without being reckless.
"You can be brave and then there are two or three passes around you and the goal is in.
"Maybe it was not brave then. You have to be tactical," he added. "If you get a result it is the way to go - pressing. But if it does not work, everyone says it is suicidal.
"These are the decisions you have to make. Clubs like ours will not produce the level of performance week in, week out."