Hughes feels under no pressure to fill Upson's boots

Aaron Hughes does not feel under any pressure

Aaron Hughes does not feel under any pressure

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion defender Aaron Hughes says there is no pressure on him to perform as well as Matt Upson.

Former England centre-half Upson is preparing for his return to the Premier League with promoted Leicester after winning Albion’s player of the season award.

Fellow veteran and top-flight regular Hughes signed as Upson’s replacement this summer, told The Argus: “From what I hear he had a fantastic season last season, which is obviously why he has been picked up to go and play in the Premier League.

“To follow a player like that and do as well as he did last year would be fantastic but I don’t feel any sort of pressure to fill anyone’s shoes.

“I am my own player and my own person and I’ll do as well as I can in my way.

“I just want to be part of something that I think can go on to bigger and better things. Everything around this place is set up and geared towards pushing forward and being after that big carrot of the Premier League.”

Hughes, 34, played more than 450 games in the Premier League for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Fulham before signing for Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls following a short stint at QPR.

The Northern Ireland international said: “In terms of the set-up here it’s as good as I’ve been to. The new training ground is probably as good as I have been to as well, definitely up there.

“On the playing side the manager does things and wants things in training every day which are all geared towards quality.”

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5:41am Tue 12 Aug 14

Clean Sheet says...

Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton.
Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 9

6:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton.
Please explain what, where...

'Everything around this place is set up and geared towards pushing forward...' Very true of course. Everything except a decent squad but who needs that?
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton.[/p][/quote]Please explain what, where... 'Everything around this place is set up and geared towards pushing forward...' Very true of course. Everything except a decent squad but who needs that? Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: -9

6:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton.
Please explain what, where...

'Everything around this place is set up and geared towards pushing forward...' Very true of course. Everything except a decent squad but who needs that?
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Good to hear Hughes views, which are at odds with many of the critics on here. Onwards and upwards Brighton.[/p][/quote]Please explain what, where... 'Everything around this place is set up and geared towards pushing forward...' Very true of course. Everything except a decent squad but who needs that? Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: -9

6:13am Tue 12 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Oops, that'll teach me to get out of bed on the wrong side... Sorry to all readers who can be bothered.
Oops, that'll teach me to get out of bed on the wrong side... Sorry to all readers who can be bothered. Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: -4

6:57am Tue 12 Aug 14

AlfieT says...

Hughes was one of the only positives to come out of Saturday, Fenelon and O'Grady about as premiership ready as me.
Hughes was one of the only positives to come out of Saturday, Fenelon and O'Grady about as premiership ready as me. AlfieT
  • Score: 0

7:11am Tue 12 Aug 14

thetungsten says...

He will be playing his socks off this season to try and emulate upson in getting re-signed by a premier league club

let's enjoy the 10 months we have him before he leaves us for a bigger and more ambitious club. Remember he's only on a 1 yr contract- only benchwarmers get 4 yr deals like dunk and Buckley
He will be playing his socks off this season to try and emulate upson in getting re-signed by a premier league club let's enjoy the 10 months we have him before he leaves us for a bigger and more ambitious club. Remember he's only on a 1 yr contract- only benchwarmers get 4 yr deals like dunk and Buckley thetungsten
  • Score: -3

7:17am Tue 12 Aug 14

Far gull says...

Not all doom and gloom . Sun shining this morning.Re- prem ready that statement makes me shudder we were that under Gus and it was a travesty now to look back that we were not automatically promoted.
When i think back to games that we created 20+ chances against teams such as Leeds but only scored twice ( our problem that season til leo arrived, cost us 10points at least). Then i compare it to last saturday's inept offering . Sorry but we are but a million miles from that team.
Not all doom and gloom . Sun shining this morning.Re- prem ready that statement makes me shudder we were that under Gus and it was a travesty now to look back that we were not automatically promoted. When i think back to games that we created 20+ chances against teams such as Leeds but only scored twice ( our problem that season til leo arrived, cost us 10points at least). Then i compare it to last saturday's inept offering . Sorry but we are but a million miles from that team. Far gull
  • Score: 12

8:49am Tue 12 Aug 14

oldsolariun says...

Sorry but am I missing something here ?
Surely he should feel under pressure to perform as well as Matt Upson!
Sorry but am I missing something here ? Surely he should feel under pressure to perform as well as Matt Upson! oldsolariun
  • Score: 32

8:49am Tue 12 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

Far gull wrote:
Not all doom and gloom . Sun shining this morning.Re- prem ready that statement makes me shudder we were that under Gus and it was a travesty now to look back that we were not automatically promoted.
When i think back to games that we created 20+ chances against teams such as Leeds but only scored twice ( our problem that season til leo arrived, cost us 10points at least). Then i compare it to last saturday's inept offering . Sorry but we are but a million miles from that team.
Have to agree. But we can't go back now! Backwards perhaps, but not back!-
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: Not all doom and gloom . Sun shining this morning.Re- prem ready that statement makes me shudder we were that under Gus and it was a travesty now to look back that we were not automatically promoted. When i think back to games that we created 20+ chances against teams such as Leeds but only scored twice ( our problem that season til leo arrived, cost us 10points at least). Then i compare it to last saturday's inept offering . Sorry but we are but a million miles from that team.[/p][/quote]Have to agree. But we can't go back now! Backwards perhaps, but not back!- pablobrowno
  • Score: 2

10:11am Tue 12 Aug 14

Mad Mark says...

AlfieT wrote:
Hughes was one of the only positives to come out of Saturday, Fenelon and O'Grady about as premiership ready as me.
Thats harsh, O'Grady played his socks off, but remember he was to replace Barnes not Ulloa. Unfortunately the timing of the deal to bring him here coincided with the sale of Leo, and until the club sign a replacement for Ulloa he is on a hiding to nothing, he will be a scapegoat. As for being Premiership ready could anybody honestly say how many of our squad actually are
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Hughes was one of the only positives to come out of Saturday, Fenelon and O'Grady about as premiership ready as me.[/p][/quote]Thats harsh, O'Grady played his socks off, but remember he was to replace Barnes not Ulloa. Unfortunately the timing of the deal to bring him here coincided with the sale of Leo, and until the club sign a replacement for Ulloa he is on a hiding to nothing, he will be a scapegoat. As for being Premiership ready could anybody honestly say how many of our squad actually are Mad Mark
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure.
All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck.
That will change. UTA
Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure. All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck. That will change. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: -8

1:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure.
All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck.
That will change. UTA
Sorry, but what match are you talking about? Fenelon and O'Grady were less than average IMO on Saturday and I cannot remember seeing any evedence of "lots of promise". Remember teams make their own luck, but not on that display
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure. All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck. That will change. UTA[/p][/quote]Sorry, but what match are you talking about? Fenelon and O'Grady were less than average IMO on Saturday and I cannot remember seeing any evedence of "lots of promise". Remember teams make their own luck, but not on that display Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 25

2:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

No pressure on him at all. The expectation this season is rubbish.
No pressure on him at all. The expectation this season is rubbish. sussexram40
  • Score: -1

3:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Kit Napier's Beard wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure.
All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck.
That will change. UTA
Sorry, but what match are you talking about? Fenelon and O'Grady were less than average IMO on Saturday and I cannot remember seeing any evedence of "lots of promise". Remember teams make their own luck, but not on that display
Give the new boys a chance will you. Both Fenelon and O'Grady we're making their league debuts and will get better.
Everyone seems to be panicking at the moment.
I always say wait until 12 matches and then see where we are. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Kit Napier's Beard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Aaron shouldn't feel any pressure because he's vastly experienced and knows what he's doing. If he was 19 or 20 then he'd be under pressure. All our debutees on Saturday showed lots of promise but we just didn't have any luck. That will change. UTA[/p][/quote]Sorry, but what match are you talking about? Fenelon and O'Grady were less than average IMO on Saturday and I cannot remember seeing any evedence of "lots of promise". Remember teams make their own luck, but not on that display[/p][/quote]Give the new boys a chance will you. Both Fenelon and O'Grady we're making their league debuts and will get better. Everyone seems to be panicking at the moment. I always say wait until 12 matches and then see where we are. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

Why would he ? Lets face it he still gets paid. Didn't take long for Sammi to work out Dunks not upto it again lol.But they gave that a 4 year deal of free money.
Why would he ? Lets face it he still gets paid. Didn't take long for Sammi to work out Dunks not upto it again lol.But they gave that a 4 year deal of free money. Please wake up
  • Score: 9

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