Chris Hughton hopes Albion have taken belief, confidence and a few lessons from their defeat at Arsenal.

But he will not know for sure until they next get stuck into Premier League action.

The Seagulls boss is getting in some serious time with his squad on the training ground between that setback at the Emirates and next Sunday’s sell-out at home to Everton.

The group with which he is working has not exactly been decimated by international call-ups.

That will no doubt come if all goes to plan in months and years ahead.

Mathew Ryan, Shane Duffy, Davy Propper and Tomer Hemed have been away.

Others have been working on fitness to various degrees – but not necessarily through miles of boring running.

Hughton will drill into them how they did some good things at the Emirates.

He will demand more belief when they are getting into potentially dangerous areas.

And he will hope to see that bear fruit next time they hit the road.

The Albion boss told The Argus: “The disappointment at Arsenal was just in not showing that little bit more confidence when we got into those areas.

“Will we have that next time? Those are the things you just don’t know.

“It goes from game to game.

“We have had games where we have shown good quality, getting into good areas “We were good at Watford.

“For a team like ourselves, it is really difficult to have everything.

“It is difficult to go away and play like you want to play.

“Even at home that is the case – but I think we have played well at home.

“I was certainly more pleased with aspects of our game (at Arsenal) than disappointed.

“Maybe it’s just that little bit of belief but I certainly feel the team are learning with each game.”

The Albion boss sets high standards throughout.

Any goal conceded is examined for what was wrong from the defensive point of view. And that really is any goal.

For example, he spoke about conceding two poor goals to go down 2-1 at Bournemouth after Solly March had put them ahead.

One of those “poor” goals, by Andrew Surman at Bournemouth from Jordon Ibe’s back-heel, was yesterday short-listed for the Premier League’s goal of the month award.

He was ready to give Alexis Sanchez praise for his assist to set up Alex Iwobi after reflecting on events at the Emitrates But that did not change his general view of how that game panned out. He said: “They had a lot of possession which we expected them to but they didn’t have clear chances.

“I was disappointed with the two goals but, with the second one, sometimes you have to hold your hands up to a moment of real quality and genius.

“But I thought we were in the game and broke into good areas.”

The focus from Monday will shift to Everton with good fitness work in the bank for those who needed it over the last five days.

“It isn’t just running,” he said.

“There is some running involved but most of it would be football-orientated and getting what we need as regards distances and high speed runs in our football work.”