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Chris Hughton keeps such a low profile he is the Premier League's under the radar, stealth bomber of a manager.

But it is time for the former Republic of Ireland international defender to get some credit for what he is doing at Brighton.

Overlooked for bigger jobs in the past, despite twice being Championship Manager of the Year and a success at Newcastle United, he knows what it takes to survive on a low budget in the toughest, richest league in the world.

Hughton was a winner as a player – he got his hands on three trophies in his ten or so years at Tottenham – and has the same ambition as a boss.

His pragmatic approach to management and quietly spoken, considered manner do not make for good headlines, but they seem to be making for a decent football team.

Hughton got the Brighton job in December 2014 when the club were facing relegation from the Championship.

He avoided that fate and a 22-match unbeaten run the following season steered them into the Play-offs, where they lost to Sheffield Wednesday.

Last season he master-minded another great sequence as Brighton went 18 matches without defeat from September to January and were ultimately promoted with three matches to spare.

Newcastle just nicked the title, but the trophy for Brighton was securing a first return to the top flight in 34 years.

Their summer spending amounted to around £40million, but it was spread over 13 players so was hardly reckless.

That they did not sell anyone showed their ambition, however.

And after an impressive away victory at West Ham United, in which they romped to a 3-0 win, Hughton's side were sitting comfortably in 12th spot after a quarter of the season, having already played against Manchester City and away to Arsenal.

Brighton set up away from home not to concede and look to nick goals where and when they can.

Hughton's philosophy of a hard-working team ethic is proving good enough to survive and thrive in the Premier League.

He explains: “The challenge away from home is to lift confidence. Goals lift confidence because you know a team then has to open up against you and that makes a huge difference.

“Our central defenders have to have a team in front of them.

“That's about leading from the front and having a defensive strategy away from home.

“Sometimes that doesn't work and you can concede a goal and it all changes then you have to open up and a play different type of game.

“But you are reliant on a team that sticks to their jobs that gives you the platform to push on.”

The added bonus or difficulty for Brighton this season, of course, is that every away game is a unique experience for most of Hughton's players and staff.

He added: “We have to adapt to whatever it is and we will play 19 league games away from home, all in different environments and cope the best we can.

“I have been around in this division long enough. I know if you are not on your game you can lose three, four, five games on the spin.

“What we have done is been in every game, even in the games against Man City and Arsenal.

“If anything it is a statement that we shouldn't be frightened of the challenges we have.

“I think we have got enough quality and desire in the squad to make a good account of ourselves in a lot of games.

“Whether you win those games is another matter, as goals win you games, but at this moment we are going okay.”

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