Seagulls boss Hughton throws down gauntlet to strikers

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Chris Hughton has admitted that Brighton need to become more prolific in front of goal after going six league games without a win.

Chris Hughton has admitted that Brighton need to become more prolific in front of goal after going six league games without a win.

The Seagulls boss watched as a brace from Chris Wood and a penalty from former Brighton striker Ashley Barnes gave visitors Burnley a 3-1 win at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening.

Shane Duffy’s header 14 minutes from time was a consolation as the hosts are still looking for a first win of the year and are now level on points with the Clarets, just three clear of the Premier League‘s relegation places.

Hughton has pinpointed their poor form in front of goal as the reason behind the disappointing run, but he played down talk of a crisis of confidence.

‘I think we need to be better in front of goal.

We need to be scoring more goals,’ he said.

‘You leave yourselves vulnerable if you are not able to score.

‘As regards a lack of confidence, I can’t say that because that hasn’t been the case.’

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