Chris Hughton has done a brilliant job at Brighton, not only gaining promotion with the seagulls in 2017 but ensuring their Premier League status last year all on a shoe string budget. The ex Republic of Ireland international has squeezed the very best out of a fairly limited squad, and has earned admiration from fans and pundits alike.
The first half of the 2018/19 season saw much of the same, as Brighton earned 25 points from their first 20 games, picking up impressive results against the likes of Man United (a 3-2 win) Everton (a 1-0 win) and a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
But since the turn of the year the Seagulls have faltered, picking up just two points and slipping to three points above the drop zone. Two tough but spirited performances against Man United and Liverpool were followed with four poor performances against relegation rivals Fulham, and mid table sides Watford, Burnley and Leicester
With five losses from their last six Brighton have been pulled back into the mix and suddenly the pressure has doubled as March sees the side face 20th placed Huddersfield, 13th placed Crystal Palace and 18th placed Southampton.
With such a huge month coming up and with the side enduring their worst run of form this season, Brighton desperately need to pick up some points to ease the nerves around the Amex. Dropping points in any of the upcoming games would be a disaster for Hughton’s side, and one I’m sure he’ll be looking to avoid at all costs.
Brighton could see key players Glenn Murray, Jurgen Locadia, Lewis Dunk and Solly March return to contention over the next month, with all four players being hugely influential for the side before their respected injuries, this could go someway to explaining Brighton’s 2019 slump.
The seagulls fans will be praying their teams fortunes can change, and with one of the most pivotal months of the Hughton era fast approaching, its sink or swim time down at the seaside.