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Winless Cherries will turn corner soon, warns rival boss Hughton

 

By Robert Jones

Brighton manager Chris Hughton warned his team there is "certainly far more to come" from winless Bournemouth.

The Seagulls head to the Vitality Stadium for tonight's televised Premier League clash on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over West Brom, which was their first since returning to the top flight.

The Cherries, meanwhile, were beaten 3-0 at Arsenal to leave Eddie Howe's men pointless from four league games so far.

Nevertheless, Hughton feels with the likes of England forward Jermain Defoe, Dutch defender Nathan Ake and veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic having bolstered Bournemouth's squad, there can be no room for complacency.

"When you are looking at any side and the quality in this division, if this is deemed a poor start by Bournemouth, it wouldn't be the first time it's happened," Hughton said. "When you are at a club like Bournemouth that have only recently been in the Premier League, you can have good and bad periods, but what they have always done is come through them.

"They have a lot of quality in the team and I have no doubt it will only be a short period of time before they start turning those results around. Probably by the standards they have had they will be disappointed, but there is certainly far more to come from them."

Hughton hopes last weekend's victory at the Amex Stadium will lift his squad for the challenge ahead.

"I would like to think it will have an effect, because that is what our game is all about, trying to go on good runs and build confidence from a good performance or good result," the Brighton boss said.

"What we had against West Brom was both, certainly a good result that we wanted and needed, but also a very good performance."

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