THE HUGHTON VIEW
Chris Hughton looks back and assesses the performance last time out against Portsmouth on New Year's Day...
Chris Hughton looks back and assesses the performance last time out against Portsmouth on New Year's Day...A POINT WAS a decent enough result from the meeting with Portsmouth simply because we were behind in the game. They only had one opportunity in the first period and it was half a chance, which obviously took a big deflection off Calum. I thought they were very, very fortunate to go in at half-time a goal up.
We were better in the second half, scored a good goal and then had two or three opportunities to take the lead. I felt that if any side was going to go on and win it, it was going to be us. I think in the context of where they are in the league, their home record and the fact that we were a goal down - it wasn't a bad outcome for us.
We all know how difficult winning away from home can be, but for us to do as well as we'd like to do, we need to pick up points on our travels. We were able to record a win at Manchester City with a good performance, but were then not so good for parts of the game up at Newcastle. Going into the Portsmouth game we knew it would be a tough one, but on the balance of play there has to be some disappointment over not getting the three points.
There is probably a need to go back to what we were doing last season away from home - perhaps we were a little bit tighter as a unit and, once we got on a run, there was a confidence that we wouldn't concede. Of course, we know we've got enough quality to score goals with what we've got in the side.
We do need a bit more resilience about us at the moment, Liverpool came to us and I didn't think it was a vintage performance from them, but they had a grit and determination about them to secure a win. We need to do similarly in our away games in the league.
Generally when you look at the table, the teams who finish from top to six or eighth will be the teams who have done better away from home. Most teams in the top half have decent home records, but those pushing up higher are the ones who pick up reward on the road.
Last season we were successful in this, whereas this season it has been more difficult with the amount of cup games that we've had. We are certainly aware we need to improve in this respect and it will come with digging in, sometimes the football doesn't always need to be so pleasing, it is about getting a result and having a resilience about us.