BOSS Chris Hughton is disappointed with Albion’s points haul over the festive period after Bournemouth pegged them back twice at the Amex.

Yesterday’s 2-2 draw means the Seagulls took five points from the hectic four-game programme.

Hughton told The Argus: “Certainly if we had won then it would have been a very good return.

“A draw at Newcastle, which is still irrespective of their form they are in a good result, a 2-0 loss at Chelsea and a performance first half that wasn’t so bad, and our last win here (Watford).

“I’m probably still disappointed, but that is only on the back of the (Bournemouth) result.”

Former Seagull Steve Cook and Callum Wilson cancelled out goals early in each half by Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray against his former club to leave Albion fearing the cost of a sixth home draw.

Hughton said: “That’s the levels. Somebody said in the Championship we were quite solid, didn’t concede many, and scored quite a lot of goals. Well we are playing at a different level now, better players, better defenders, and it’s harder to score goals.

“Bournemouth are around about where we are (in the table). These are tougher games. These are the type of games that in the Championship we would have won.”

Albion conceded both goals from corners, a recurring flaw, as Hastings-born Cook headed Bournemouth level in the first half and Callum Wilson scrambled another equaliser 11 minutes from time.

Hughton said: “I’d be more disappointed with the first goal, because it’s an area we’ve tried to work on and we’ve conceded too many goals from corners.

“The second one can happen and you can’t apportion any blame.

“You have got players who have attempted to clear the ball, there are a lot of bodies there and a lot of blocks.”

Albion, still 12th, host arch-rivals Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup next Monday before returning to Premier League action at next-to-bottom West Brom five days later.