BOSS Chris Hughton has urged Albion to maintain the standard they have set in reaching the giddy heights of eighth in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into the international break on the back of successive away wins in the top flight for the first time in 36 years after beating Swansea 1-0 with Glenn Murray’s fourth goal in three games.

Hughton wants his players to pick up where they have left off when they return to action against Stoke at the Amex in a fortnight.

He said: “When you are a newly promoted team, you evaluate all the time.

“We’re delighted to be where we are but as quickly as things have gone well they can go the other way.

“I think we have to be realistic. At the moment we’ve got results because of the levels we’ve played at.

“Anything short of that level then you can be beaten quite comfortably.”

Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy kept a tight rein on Albion summer transfer target Tammy Abraham, who now links up with the senior England squad.

Hughton told The Argus: “I thought they dealt with him very well but, on the other hand, Abraham looks a very good player.

“He’s got a bright future and you can see now why he has been called into the England squad but he was up against two good centre-halves.

“They were not going to give him an easy time.

They will certainly learn from playing against that type of centre-forward.”

Several fringe players will be involved in tomorrow night’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at Stevenage but not Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock, who have returned from long-term injuries with three outings in the under-23s.

Hughton said: “We are looking at Izzy Brown playing plus five senior players. Beram and Sam have both played in a few games, so it will be an opportunity for others.”