BRIGHTON boss Chris Hughton believes Cherries' battle to avoid relegation is "normal" as the Dorset side are "developing".

Cherries are bidding to extend into a fourth straight season their Premier League stay having earned 16th and ninth-place finishes in previous campaigns.

Speaking ahead of Cherries' arrival tomorrow (12.30pm), Hughton told The Argus: "I think what Bournemouth are experiencing at the moment is normal.

"They are a team and a club that is still developing. Around that there are going to be difficult periods.

"They had a difficult period last season and came through it. They would always have faith in the ability they have got.

"They don't generally change the way they play and that philosophy has always seen them come through it.

"It's a very competitive league. The ones who are good enough and have the ability come through it at some stage.

"What Bournemouth are seeing now is the levels in the Premier League. They have been outstanding, because we have to look at where they were a few seasons ago.

"We definitely know the qualities they've got. They like to play on the front foot from a very good, attacking base.

"They are not the sort of side who will come to the Amex and sit back. They will come to win."