Boss Chris Hughton wants Albion to stay in the Premier League on their own merits - not because of the failings of others.

The 3-2 defeat by arch-rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park means the Seagulls have taken one point from 12 since beating Arsenal at the Amex.

The Argus: They are still seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th and on course to achieve the goal for the season of finishing outside the bottom three.

Hughton said: "We know we will take it in whatever way it comes but what you desperately don't want to do is have to rely on others.

"You want to be able to get to safety in this division because of what we've done and the points that we've got, not just because maybe others haven't got theirs.

"Of course you'll take it, but you are always better off if you're destiny is in your own hands."

Albion still have to play Spurs at the Amex on Tuesday night, Manchester United at home and Manchester City and Liverpool away, as well as visiting Europa League-bound Burnley.

Hughton told The Argus: "We are capable. The top six are the top six because they are the best teams with the best players, so we know the magnitude of all of these games.

"But we've played very well against Arsenal and managed to get a result. The top six will lose games, perhaps some they don't expect to lose, and we have to go into the (Tottenham) game with that type of mentality."

Hughton insists there is no sense of panic in the camp about being sucked into the bottom three.

He said: "We had two opportunities in our last two games at home to get more points than we did (lost to Leicester, drew with Huddersfield).

"You evaluate the feel in training and in the group of lads. I don't feel any panic. Maybe frustration, because they want to get over the line as much as we do, but I certainly don't feel any panic.

"But we have got tough games and we will have to get a result that probably no-one expects in one of them."