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Hughton On: Southampton

By James Hilsum • 14 September 2018

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news, his thoughts on having two days extra rest after the international break, the threat posed by Southampton and the competition for places upfront.
Team News: “We’re looking okay at the moment, there are a few coming back from injuries and some players are at different stages to others.
“[Florin] Andone will play in an under-23 game on Friday night. We’re in good shape, some at different levels and some are closer than others, but they’re all training.
“He’s not been injured throughout the pre-season period, but his numbers in the games have been limited. He’ll probably play 45 minutes on Friday and we’ll make a decision after that.
“[Alireza] Jahanbakhsh has been involved, and [Jose] Izquierdo has been back in training, but not in the games.
“We want to have as strong a squad as possible and the best way to do that is to have players fit and available.” 
Threat from Southampton: They are on the back of a very good win in their last game [2-0 v Crystal Palace] and will be playing with a lot of confidence.
“What we can’t do is underestimate the qualities they’ve got. They’ve got a very good squad and a very good team.
“We’ll have to play at the levels that we have done in the last three games to give ourselves a chance to get something.
“Their level of performance has been good, even in the games they haven’t won; they are always on the front foot looking to play in the opposition half, particularly if they are at home. That’s generally what you will see what from a Mark Hughes side.”
Competition upfront: “He’s [Glenn] been good. Glenn goes about his business the right way; he knows what his strengths are and he looks after himself very well.
“With Andone playing on Friday, it gives us really good competition and that is good for all our team and front players. Glenn has benefitted from that.
“We go into a programme with a lot of games, and there will be changes in formation and personnel.
“You’re more likely to change players in the forward and wide areas more than any other position.
“If you’re a forward not starting a game, then there’s more chance of you being involved in the next game compared to any other position.”
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