CHRIS Hughton has called on Albion to return to winning ways in two "massive" home games after making Manchester City sweat at Wembley.

The Seagulls face Bournemouth at the Amex on Saturday and relegation rivals Cardiff three days later following the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Boss Hughton said: "They are two massive games. We have got incredible support behind us and we certainly need that at home and to get back to winning ways at home.

"We did ourselves no favours losing against Southampton and we need to put that right and make sure we get the results.

"We were in decent form before that and we need to get back to playing well enough, defending and attacking."

Hughton was proud of the performance against City, who are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple after Gabriel Jesus stooped to conquer in the fourth minute.

He says any judgement on whether Albion have improved since last season will depend on where they finish.

"That's a very difficult question," Hughton told The Argus: "I think we have got a better squad but ultimately it's about where you are in the league.

"We've changed the shape to get a little bit more control in some of the games.

"But I think you can only gauge at the end of the season by our position in the league."

Albion finished 15th last season following promotion. Burnley's win at Bournemouth has dropped them a place to 16th, five points clear of Cardiff in the relegation zone with a game in hand.