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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH GOOD WEEK'S WORK

10 July 2015





As Brighton & Hove Albion's week-long Alps training camp draws to a close manager Chris Hughton expects to field two teams in tomorrow's opening pre-season friendly against FC Meyrin in Geneva.
 
Andrew Crofts won't play, but remains on course to feature later on in pre-season, and Dale Stephens misses out due to illness - but Sam Baldock could be set for his return to action.

The Albion boss told Seagulls Player HD, "The first game is about making sure we get through it with no injuries.
 
"The players will play 45 minutes each. It's been two weeks' hard work going into what will be our first game. Then we go into a sequence of games starting in midweek."

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Hughton has been absolutely delighted with an excellent week on and off the training pitch in the French Alpine resort of Tignes.
 
"There have been a lot of sessions, and we're training at altitude which helps. The aim is to get through the week with a level of fitness and no injuries.
 
"We've got a very good environment here. Most important is the training and the game, but it has also been an opportunity for the team to grow together and the youngsters and new players have fitted in very well.
 
"The beauty of where we are is that there is an opportunity for other activities.

"The rafting the day before yesterday was very good and gave us an opportunity to bond, but it was also fairly hard work, two hours on the rapids has to be team orientated.
 
"It was fun, but it was also about working in teams and getting that bond between the teams and that has been good."

Albion's players have taken full advantage of the facilities, with pool, table-tennis, walks, bike riding and sightseeing proving popular in the player's downtime.  

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