BOSS Chris Hughton is satisfied with Albion’s start to the season.

But he admits failing to beat promoted Fulham at home was a chance missed.

Albion are 13th with five points after six games. That is the same position as they were in at the corresponding stage of their debut season in the Premier League.

They have accumulated two points fewer than a year ago but have already played Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs, who beat them 2-1 at the Amex on Saturday.

Hughton told The Argus: “You are always looking and thinking are there any teams worse than that (five points)? And yes there are. Three (fixtures) have been against top teams and Spurs had nine players in the semi-finals of the World Cup, so that’s the quality they’ve got.

“Overall I’ve been reasonably happy, disappointed with some. We have to be able to capitalise on a period when we play teams that are not in the top six to be happy with the start.

“Probably the biggest disappointment, apart from Watford (2-0) where I didn’t think we turned up, was the Fulham game at home (2-2) which was a good opportunity for us and, of course, we’ve been strong at home.

“There have been disappointments in the three games against the top six teams but overall we’ve been close.

“We’ve won one and lost by one goal in both of the others, with the Liverpool game being away as well.

“So overall some disappointments but okay.”

Albion complete a sequence of tests against last season’s top four away to champions Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday.