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Chris Hughton wants Brighton to find a cure for their scoring problems

Chris Hughton admits Brighton need to quickly find a formula for regularly scoring goals after their winless run stretched to seven Premier League games with a 0-0 draw against Burnley.

Albion are one of the lowest scorers in the division having found the back of the net just 14 times in 18 matches this season, including only once in their last five fixtures.

They had numerous opportunities to make a breakthrough against the high-flying Clarets on Saturday with Glenn Murray squandering a first-half penalty, Anthony Knockaert striking a post and Lewis Dunk seeing a header cleared off the line.

The out-of-form Seagulls remain without a victory since the first weekend in November and manager Hughton knows his side must become more clinical in front of goal.

"Particularly when you're going through your better period in the game where we certainly did in that first half, in that stage there was only one team likely to score," he said.

"Of course what happens when you don't score in that period, it gives the opposition a little bit of a lift. When you miss chances - when you miss a penalty it gives them a lift.

"They're a very good side at the moment and you can see why they're in the form they're in.

"We've just got to find this formula to get the goals that we need to win football matches.

"(I'm) disappointed because it's a game we should have won."

Seagulls striker Murray blazed over from the penalty spot in the 36th minute after he was adjudged to have been bundled over by Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

Despite the miss costing the Seagulls two valuable points, Hughton refused to blame his top scorer.

"When somebody misses a penalty or they score an OG, this is all part and parcel of the game," Hughton added.

"There's no point in saying anything because he'll be disappointed himself.

"And Glenn's one that's normally very reliable so there isn't anything to say."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt the point earned at the Amex Stadium capped an impressive week for his in-form side.

The stalemate means the fifth-placed Clarets have taken seven points from their three games during the last eight days without conceding.

"I thought they set about us early in the game and I thought we withstood that pressure well, tactically from the team," Dyche said.

"I thought in the second half we grew into the game and got stronger.

"The overriding thing is three clean sheets and seven points in a week. That's a fantastic return.

"We've had to fight in the first half and then attack more in the second.

"People are laying down good performances at the moment.

"The margins are super tight. That's a great show for the squad mentality."

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