Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he would have taken his side's current position in the table when he took the job in December.The Seagulls sit 19th in the Sky Bet Championship standings, but are nine points clear of Millwall, who occupy the first of the relegation places.
Hughton's men face a trip to Reading on Tuesday, and the 56-year-old wants to take more points away from home.
“When you’re a footballer manager or the powers to be at a football club, it’s very nervous stuff when you’re either in the bottom three or very close to the bottom three," he said.
"It’s not a very comfortable feeling for anyone associated with the club, so all you want to do is get yourself away from that, which in some ways relieves the pressure. The pressure then comes from the next game that you play, but yes we would have taken the position we’re in now.
“Our home form has been good and our away ventures have been very close; two draws and then a loss at Bolton that most feel we probably didn’t deserve to lose. The home form has improved which is good, but now we’ve got two away games over the next week and it’d be nice to get something from them.”
Opponents Reading are just one point above Brighton in 18th, meaning Albion would jump above the Royals with a victory at the Madejski Stadium.