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CHRIS CONFIDENT

Posted on 15 November 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton insists he is confident the team can bounce back from the Reebok Stadium reverse as we enter into a sequence of three games against the promoted teams.

Chris Hughton insists he is confident the team can bounce back from the Reebok Stadium reverse as we enter into a sequence of three games against the promoted teams.

We suffered only our second defeat of the season against Bolton last time out and, as a consequence of that and draws in our previous two games, dropped to sixth in the Premiership standings and three points behind last Monday night's opponents.

With games against West Ham, Wigan and Sunderland next on the fixture list, the first team coach believes the team have the character to get back on the points trail and back up table.

"It is a hard league, but the exciting thing for me is that you are learning all the time and learning about our abilities to bounce back," reasoned Chris. "We've already seen that in two games - Charlton and Manchester United - where we were behind and showed enough character to come back.

"That has to be the case again now and we must bounce back from Bolton.

We feel a little bit aggrieved because we felt we should have got more out of the game - but it is about the next games now.

"If I look at run of games we have there is lots of optimism that we can get points. It is about us showing character and it is a quality all the best teams have and the teams who are striving to be among the best. You have got to show that."

Profit from games against the promoted teams was not a particular gain for us last season with just six points taken from the six games and 18 points available against Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Brom. While Chris agrees an improved haul is important this time around, he is looking at the bigger picture.

"Yes, but if we look at the season as a whole the most important thing for us is to get a level of consistency that we haven't had for a good while. That level would see us finish in a good position in the league.

"It is about winning the games you feel you should win, along with getting points away to the likes of Manchester United - the real tough ones. You've got to be winning your home games and getting points away where you feel you should get them."