Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Chris Hughton says he and his players have a lot of work to do after losing their Premier League opener 2-0 at Watford.
Two goals from Roberto Pereyra gave the Hornets a well-deserved victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, leaving Hughton to ponder what he could have done differently.
And his problems are even more of an issue with Albion facing Manchester United and Liverpool in their next two games, with clashes with Spurs and Manchester City also coming up before the end of September.
Hughton told his club's official website: "I thought we were second best in most departments. We had a good period 20-25 minutes before the end of the game, but when we did get into good areas we weren't able to produce that quality.
"Watford deserved their victory and we've got a lot of work to do.
"I don't know why we were off the pace. Our preparation was probably the same as Watford's, we had a good week coming into the game, we probably didn't score enough goals in pre-season, but in regards to players being up to speed we've got no excuses."
A visit from Man Utd is next up on the agenda next Sunday, with both league meetings of the two sides last season having been won 1-0 by the home side.
A 1-0 win for the Red Devils next weekend is available at 6/1, with a draw priced at 5/2, while Albion are 5/1 to claim victory by a one-goal margin.
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