FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 IM­PROVE AWAY FORM

Only Manch­ester City, Liver­pool, Chelsea and Le­ices­ter won at the Amex last term – al­beit by an ag­gre­gate score of 13-1 – but on the road, Brighton scored the league’s fewest goals (10), won the fewest matches (two) and gained the fewest points (11). Be­ing a lit­tle more re­silient on their trav­els would ease some of the pres­sure on their good home record.

2 EVEN OUT THE SET- PIECES

De­spite sturdy cam­paigns at the heart of de­fence for Duffy – who topped the league charts for blocks and clear­ances – and Dunk, 40 per cent of the goals con­ceded by Brighton came from set-pieces. That is a fun­da­men­tal frailty. At the other end, mean­while, Brighton cre­ated more chances from cor­ners than 17 of the other 19 teams, but con­verted fewer than any­one. Ex­tra train­ing it is, then – and maybe a switch to zonal mark­ing.

3 FIND SOLID BA CK- UP BE­TWEEN THE POSTS

Tim Krul has gone with­out mak­ing a league ap­pear­ance – and No.1 Mat Ryan is head­ing to the Asian Cup in Jan­uary. In or­der to avoid a po­ten­tially dis­mal start to 2019, Hughton must find a re­li­able stand-in for the ath­letic Aus­tralian. If Sun­der­land’s fans are to be be­lieved, sum­mer Seagulls sign­ing Ja­son Steele is not that man.

4 GET GLENN MUR­RAY A MATE

Brighton’s top scorer for the past two sea­sons isn’t go­ing any­where just yet, but he’s 35 in Septem­ber and they of­ten lack bite with­out him. Jan­uary re­cruit Jur­gen Lo­ca­dia has had lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties to adapt, and if he strug­gles in 2018-19, then Ro­ma­nian front­man Florin An­done needs to hit the ground run­ning and im­prove on a mea­gre haul for De­portivo La Coruna.

5 GET THE BEST OUT OF AN­THONY KNOCKAERT

Albion’s tricky French winger cut a frus­trated fig­ure at times last term as he strug­gled to cope with the step up in class of op­pos­ing back lines. How­ever, the 26-year-old did show what he can do when he ter­rorised Manch­ester United’s de­fence at the Amex in May. Can he kick on this year?

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