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HUGHTON READY FOR THE OFF

2 August 2015





Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton says he and the team are ready for Friday's Amex season opener against Nottingham Forest - but expects to bring in additional new faces to cope with a tough opening month.

He said, "We are ready from a team point of view and from a fitness point of view, but over the next couple of weeks we need to add to this squad.
 
"We have a really tough first three weeks of the season with the possibility – if we were to win against Southend – of seven matches in 23 days.
 
"Either way, it is a real tough start so we need to make sure that we add to the squad and we are working really hard to make that happen."

Hughton was delighted to see his team beat Europa League winners Sevilla 1-0 in their final friendly.

He added, "It was a good final workout for a combination of reasons. It is always good to get a win in the last game before the season starts and we were up against very good opposition.

"They've had two games in three days, but they are a quality side and were able to manoeuvre their team around a little bit; in many phases of the game they showed the quality that they have got and we had to be very resilient.

"It is similar to when you play one of the Premier League teams in a cup game – they are such good quality and they move the ball so well that sometimes it is difficult to really open up and express yourself.
 
"You can’t do that because if you do it too often against the likes of Sevilla, then they will punish you, and in the times where we lost possession during the game they were always a real big threat on the counter-attack."

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Albion won the game thanks to Tomer Hemed's first-half penalty, after he was brought down in the box after a neat bit of link-up play with Sam Baldock.

Hughton added, "From where I was the penalty looked a little soft but it is a goal and in your last game you want to remember the qualities in the game and certainly I saw enough.

"We know that come Friday it is a different type of test against a team at our level, so we will have to show some of the resilience that we showed today.

"Of course we also have got to be scoring goals to win football matches and it was difficult today to create as much as we would have wanted because we were up against a top team.

"Getting penalties is about a few things. It is about getting the ball into the right areas and showing endeavour and a little bit of cleverness in the box. Anything that can add to a goal tally is always good."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V BLACKBURN ROVERS

SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST, KICK-OFF 3PM



ALBION V HULL CITY

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, KICK-OFF 3PM



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