Brighton players have been made to watch a horror show of their 5-0 home defeat against Bournemouth — and told they have to put it right in a relegation cruncher against Cardiff.

Albion are only five points above Tuesday’s visitors, and the drop zone, following a disastrous performance on Saturday in which winger Anthony Knockaert was sent off after the red mist descended.

Now boss Chris Hughton says a frank team meeting has left Brighton’s players in no doubt about what is expected of them in this midweek six-pointer.

“We went through the game again, looking at the goals we conceded,” he said. “They know it was our worst defeat and our worst performance – and we have to put it right.



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“I wouldn’t say it was a calm meeting, because it’s about opinions – but it was constructive and away from the emotions you get straight after the game. When you lose 1-0, you look at the game in general but when you lose by five you are very much going through the goals and areas where we didn’t do well enough.

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“You have to come out of that meeting knowing exactly what we should have done.”

Hughton has also made his players very aware they cannot afford to make the kind of crazy challenge which saw Knockaert handed a red card for a flying tackle on Bournemouth’s Adam Smith.



“I wouldn’t say it was a calm meeting…” said Hughton, as his squad relived the Bournemouth debacle

“I’ve spoken to Anthony,” he said. “It’s very clear for everybody to see that it’s a bad challenge and that he deserved the red card.

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“It’s hugely important in this game that everybody keeps their head.

“I’ve no doubts it will be very competitive — all the games we’ve had against Cardiff in recent years have been. So, it’s important that we keep our composure, that we stick to a game plan and don’t allow ourselves to get frustrated.”



It was a cover-your-eyes-awful afternoon for keeper Mathew Ryan and co

The nature of Knockaert’s 68th minute dismissal, when Brighton were only 2-0 down, has led to suggestions the French star could be offloaded in the summer. And Hughton was in no mood to defend his player — or to rule that eventuality out.

He said: “I can tell you, in all honesty, Anthony has put himself in the position where he has made a mistake.

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“At this moment, I can’t afford to be thinking about Anthony. We will miss him for the next three games. He will train as hard as he always trains and then when he is available it’s time to think about any inclusion in that particular squad.



Brighton were still in the game when Knockaert launched himself at Adam Smith…



…earning a red card that sees him banned for half Brighton’s remaining games

“He has made a mistake and unfortunately for him, and for us, he has to suffer the consequences.”

Brighton, fourth-bottom with six games to play, have no new injury worries and have winger Solly March and key midfielder Pascal Gross fit again.

Hughton admits nobody could complain if he made changes to the weekend’s starting XI.

He said: “I don’t think anybody could feel hard done by. But it’s about making sure I get the right balance. There was a lot wrong on Saturday and they will have to make amends for it.”

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