Chris Hughton admits he is struggling to pinpoint why the team failed to perform against Bolton on Saturday.
The third home game in six days ended in disappointment when Kevin Nolan netted the winner for the visitors on 71 minutes. It could not be claimed, however, that Bolton did not warrant their victory and the frame of Kasey Keller's goal was struck four times during the game.
Following the extra-time exertions against West Ham in the Carling Cup, Chris explained that he suspected the Bolton challenge was going to be slightly sterner.
"I think we always knew when we looked at the three home games in a week that, physically, the third one was always going to be the most difficult.
"Bolton came and, apart from doing well on the the ball, came with a game plan and got a lot of bodies behind the ball and we found it difficult to break them down.
"Probably the only plus to come from the game is that most of the efforts they had were long shots and we felt that they didn't really get in behind us.
"We never really got our own game going. It is difficult because you are always trying to evaluate the reason why and maybe the three games was part of it - we seemed to suffer from it more than they did.
"Sometimes it happens that way and it is difficult to pinpoint why. They were sharper than we were."