Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admits his team needs to start grinding out victories when the opportunity arises if they intend to survive.
The Seagulls have not won in their last seven Premier League games, after playing out a goalless draw at home against Burnley on Saturday, and have slipped down from eighth position to 13th in the standings.
FT: Albion claim another point at the Amex but will feel unfortunate to not claim all three. Murray fired a penalty over the bar in the first half and Knockaert also struck the post. Positive display but the Seagulls needed a better end product. #BHAFC 0 #BFC 0 #BHABUR pic.twitter.com/GyZJo2iQ9a
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) December 16, 2017
Hughton believes his charges had a good opportunity to beat the Clarets and have to start making the most of their chances, because they are rare in the top flight. Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty for Brighton when he sent his spot-kick flying over the Burnley bar.
“I wanted a better level of performance because that’s the only thing that gives us a chance of getting points," said Hughton, according to the club's official website.
“In recent games, that’s dipped, which has been disappointing, but we started well and we needed to.
“It was always going to be a close game, Burnley don’t have too many games that are not close affairs.
“We needed to score a goal in our good period of the game because for most of the match, I thought we were good value and could have won the game.
“We have to find a way of winning the games that we can here, and Saturday was one of them. But we’re playing against better opposition and that’s what I have to keep stressing.
“You can see first-hand why they are where they are – they’re very well organised and can go back to front and keep the ball in the final third.”