Hughton demands Brighton response

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Chris Hughton believes Brighton will be keen to 'prove a point' against fellow strugglers Cardiff after the heavy loss to Bournemouth.

Chris Hughton believes Brighton will be keen to ‘prove a point’ against fellow strugglers Cardiff after the heavy loss to Bournemouth.

Albion’s squad was called in for a team meeting on Sunday following the embarrassment of a 5-0 loss at home to the Cherries – the club’s biggest Premier League defeat.

Saturday’s thrashing has increased the Seagulls’ relegation fears going into Tuesday evening’s visit of Neil Warnock’s 18th-placed Cardiff.

The Bluebirds could suck Brighton to within two points of the drop zone with victory at the Amex Stadium 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,’ Hughton said.

‘They’ll want to prove a point on Tuesday – 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 always about is how you respond to that.

‘I expect very much a reaction from our players.’

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