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Hughton expects a response from Brighton after humiliating loss

 

By Ed Elliot

Chris Hughton believes Brighton's players will be keen to "prove a point" against fellow strugglers Cardiff after making them watch footage of the humiliating 5-0 home loss to Bournemouth.

Albion stars were called in for a team meeting on Sunday following the embarrassment of the club's biggest Premier League defeat.

Saturday's thrashing has increased the Seagulls' relegation fears going into this evening's visit of Neil Warnock's 18th-placed Bluebirds.

Cardiff could suck Brighton to within two points of the drop zone with victory at the Amex and Hughton does not expect his team to be short of motivation.

"I don't think there will be any difficulty in lifting the players," said the Albion boss. "They'll want to prove a point - they will want to show an attitude that says they were that disappointed with Saturday.

"We had a meeting yesterday, went through the game and the goals that we conceded. It was probably our worst performance of the season but this is football.

"There isn't one player in that changing room that wouldn't have gone through a bad defeat, a bad performance, and what it's about is how you respond.

"I expect very much a reaction from our players."

Hughton accepts the setback has put increased pressure on the Cardiff game.

"The fact we didn't get the result we wanted, it becomes an even bigger game," said the 60-year-old. "The good thing is you always get an opportunity to turn things around."

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