“I think there has to be confidence.
“Any team that is winning games and picking up points - if you can’t gain confidence from that then you never will.
“We have got a hard-working team and have got a lot of quality in the team.
“We know we have to work and put in a real shift to be able to get our points at this level. That is what we have been doing.”
Hughton’s task since taking charge in the summer has been to build on the club’s impressive first season back in the top flight and after a shaky start, no wins in the opening seven games, things are coming right. The team have not looked back since pulling off a shock win over Arsenal a month ago and the club’s summer signings, not least the impressive Bassong, are finding their feet. Hughton said:
“A group of players have come in that have got to feel their way into a squad.
“The squad we had here was already of good quality and they have mixed in very well.
“At the moment we have got a nice balance.
“We have had some blips and poor performances along the way, but overall we have been quite happy with the form.” On the positive impression he himself is making, Hughton said:
“You always enjoy it more when you win games or you pick up valuable points, particularly away from home, and this certainly is one of those.”