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HUGHTON RELISHING SEVILLA TEST

2 August 2015





Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton says his squad are gearing up for their hardest test of pre-season to date against the four-time and current Europa League holders, Sevilla.

It is the final opportunity for Albion’s players to stake a starting claim ahead of the Championship opener with Nottingham Forest the following Friday and Hughton believes the game will capture the imagination of the club’s fans.
 
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s going to be a very tough game; probably our toughest of pre-season. They will play a very strong team, because they have a strong squad.
 
"Even when they have played two games over two days, they have a big and good enough squad to pick from.
 
"It's the type of test I think we need going into the Friday [Nottingham Forest] game and into series of games after that.
 
“It’s one which I think will attract the enthusiasm of the crowd, but ultimately we want to come through the game having played well and to come through it injury free.”

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Hughton feels that the squad are in good shape injury wise going into the final week of pre-season and is confident that the team can hit the ground running quickly at the start of the campaign.

"Touch wood we are okay. Over pre-season we've had the normal short-term injuries. Gordon [Greer] played 60 minutes on Wednesday and will be available for the match.
 
"Dale [Stephens], Solly [March] and Sam Baldock have missed a few days’ training but all of them are fit and available, so at this moment it probably couldn't have gone any better.
 
"We haven't had any bad injuries, which is good. We've done all the work we needed to and if we haven’t managed to attain the fitness levels we need by the first game of the season, then we'll certainly get fitter after that with something like seven games in 22 days.”
 
The Albion boss is eager to bring in more signings before the transfer window shuts and admits it is hard to pinpoint specific objectives for the upcoming season until the club’s business is completed.
 
"Probably a good gauge for any club is always at the end of the transfer window.
 
"You always have to be realistic. What we would like by the end of the transfer window is to have a squad that can really compete in this division.
 
"We were fortunate to have two consecutive years reaching the play-offs and, of course, by those standards it was very disappointing last season, but the margins are small.
 
"Most teams in this division can beat the better teams on any given day and what we certainly want to be doing is challenging, in or close to that top six.
 
"We'll  be giving everything we can to be there but we need to make sure we have a good end to the transfer window.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V SEVILLA

SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST, KICK-OFF 4PM


ALBION V NOTTINGHAM FOREST

FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V BLACKBURN ROVERS

SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST, KICK-OFF 3PM




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