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Chris Hughton Starts The Mind Games Ahead Of Nail-Biting Championship Finish

Chris Hughton Starts The Mind Games Ahead Of Nail-Biting Championship Finish

The Championship is coming down to a nail-biting finish.

On Friday, Middlesbrough drew 2-2 with Birmingham. The result left Boro a point clear of Burnley and Brighton at the top of the table with one game of their season remaining. The three teams are also tightly bunched in terms of goal difference

Both Burnley and Brighton - who have two games remaining - play on Monday. The former against QPR and the latter against Derby.

What makes the finale to the season even more intriguing is that on the final day, Middlesbrough play Brighton. It could be a straight shootout for promotion to the Premier League.

It's seven years since Chris Hughton made his first foray into management. In that time, he has picked up some tricks of the trade.

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Speaking ahead of Monday's game with Derby, the Brighton manager attempted to pile some pressure on big-spending Middlesborough.

When it comes to pressure, I don’t think there is any different pressure on the players.

I would like to think that the pressure on our players to get promotion is very much the same as it is on the other two groups of players. And I would want that because it is a healthy pressure and a welcome pressure.

But certainly there is more pressure on the two other clubs because of their expectations and perhaps on Middlesbrough because of what they have spent over a season.

[Guardian]

PJ Browne
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