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HUGHTON'S PRE-SEASON CHALLENGE TO SQUAD

11 July 2015




 
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has praised his squad's work on tour, and challenged them to maintain the high standards they've set in the past seven days.
 
The tour of Tignes and Geneva culminated in a 6-1 win over FC Meyrin this afternoon at the Stade des Arberes.
 
Hughton told seagulls.co.uk, "The work is the most important thing. We've had good conditions and the facilities were excellent, and at this moment we have had no injuries.
 
"It's been a really good week. It's now back to the training ground and embarking on a series of games before the season starts on the 7th August.
 
"I hope we can continue the work we've done, show the same enthusiasm and quality, and take that into the start of the season."

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Hughton confirmed skipper Gordon Greer was taken off as a precaution due to tightness in a muscle, and also praised referee Sebastien Pache for taking into account the hot weather.
 
"It was a very hot afternoon and the referee was right to give us a water break in each half. The boys have lost a fair amount of fluids, but it has been a good work out.
 
"It's not so much about the goals, but more about making sure we get up to speed and that most come through without an injury. Unfortunately we had to take Gordon off, but that was a precaution.
 
"It was pleasing to see Sam Baldock and Solly March return - and also Andrew Crofts is not too far off, he's done all of the pre-season so far.
 
"We felt that with the type of injury he had we needed to give him that little bit longer - but I am quite sure he could have played today."
 
Hughton also praised striker Tomer Hemed who opened the scoring in the win, adding, "He put himself in a very good position, and also for Jesse Starkey's goal.
 
"I am pleased for Tomer - being the type of game it was, as a striker, you want to get off the mark early - and he did just that."

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