At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news, explained the importance of bouncing back from defeat to Middlesbrough, assessed the progress made by Brentford and reflected on his time as a player at Griffin Park.
Team News: “We’re still assessing Uwe Huenemeier’s injury; he’s got a groin strain, but we can’t say how long he'll be out for right at this moment.
"Lewis is back after missing the one game, which gave Connor Goldson the opportunity to make his debut in a tough game.
“At this moment, we don’t want to be picking up more injuries but as always, there are one or two who are coming back and a couple that are fairly close.
“For Kazenga [LuaLua], the game will be too early for him and for Sam Baldock too.”
Importance of bouncing back: “It’s vastly important. We’ve set some good standards this season and it would’ve been incredibly difficult to keep that unbeaten run going.
“There are a number of challenges ahead and after Brentford there will be another tough game and another tough one after that.
“That’s what we’ve experienced all season, but so has every other club and our ambition is to continue our challenge at the top of the table.
"The only way you can do that is by making sure you get enough good results. It’s very important that we bounce back.”
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Brentford’s progress: “They’ve got good options there. They’ve done things a bit differently this season after spending the majority of last season in the top six. They’ve had a few changes in personnel off the pitch and I think it’s taken them a while to adjust to that.
“It’s going to be a big test. They’re on the back of scoring four goals at home in the last game. Certainly we’ll have to defend better than we did in the last game.”
Time at Brentford: “It was a very good period in my playing career. I went into a good team there; we won the championship which was the old Third Division.
"I have very good memories of my time there; it was at the end of my career and was a very good way to go out.”
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