With so many new faces at the club and a change of Head Coach in November, coach Chris sees only positives in our jump from 14th place last season to a final position of ninth in the Barclays Premiership, quarter-final appearances in both cups, excellent home form in the second half of the season and our away displays against the top clubs.
But he can’t hide his disappointment at falling at the final hurdle in terms of chasing a UEFA Cup place via the league — defeat at Middlesbrough in our penultimate game costing seventh place.
“There are two ways of looking at it,” said Chris. “In hindsight, we’re delighted with certain aspects and the progress in the season but there is also the disappointment that we didn’t reach our European goal.
“We wanted to go into the final part of the campaign with something to fight for whether it was a European place or just to finish as high as possible.
“Fortunately we were fighting for a European place but unfortunately we couldn’t quite get there and Middlesbrough was a big disappointment.
“At the start of the season we weren’t quite sure - we all needed to get into the first few weeks.
“We brought in a lot of new players and either they would take time to gel or it would be quicker than we expected.
“Taking that into consideration, the team spirit we’ve had throughout the season and particularly the second half where we had our sights on Europe, has been very good.
“I think, no doubt, with the changes we’ve had and the amount of players coming in, we’ve perhaps surpassed how we thought we would do.”
Chris Hughton has mixed emotions looking back at last season — but his overriding feeling is one of delight at the club's progress.