And while his team may not win the reserve title if it was down to the amount of players promoted to senior status, Chris’ side would have the title wrapped up.
Boss Chris has already seen Ledley King, Alton Thelwell and more recently Gary Doherty become part of the first-team furniture.
Simon Davies, Anthony Gardner and Matthew Etherington are knocking on the door, Dave McEwen came from nowhere to feature as a substitute against Everton while Ciaran Toner and Ian Hillier have been named in squads.
Chris, denied a return to competitive action by the weather on Tuesday, reflected: "At the start of the season if you were to ask me what I’d prefer, to win the reserve league or push players through - both would be ideal - but it’s all about the players you can push through to that first team squad.
"We always say that results are not the be all and end all and that the most important thing is that we’ve had players go through to the first team.
"From that aspect alone it has been a successful season and we’re delighted.
"But of course we want to finish well. It’s been similar to last season in that we started poorly, although we didn’t start as poorly this year and maintained a place in and around the top four and it’s all about a push from here through to the end of the season."
Chris Hughton admits he’d rather see his players push through to the Premiership than win the FA Premier Reserve League.