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SATISFIED: Brighton manager Chris Hughton

AFTER A positive start to their first Premier League campaign, Brighton manager Chris Hughton has called on his men to keep the same levels to keep the South Coast outfit in the division. The Seagulls went into 2018 with 22 points from 21 matches and with genuine optimism that they can retain their status in the Premier League.

Hughton, the only black manager in the top flight, said: “Our challenge now is to keep the same levels in the second half of the season as we have shown in the first and, hopefully, find a few more goals to help us reach our targets.”

The league new boys have been linked with a move for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele but Hughton has played down the rumours surrounding his potential targets. “The transfer window is now open and, of course, there will be speculation linking the club to certain players.

“As is always the case, if there’s someone out there who we feel can improve the squad then we’ll look to bring them in.”

The Brighton boss, who just marked his third year in charge of the club, added: “I am satisfied with the progress we have made to this point. We have performed solidly at home and, Liverpool side, have been competitive in every game we’ve played against the so-called ‘top six’ sides.”

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