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HUGHTON ON: BURNLEY

21 November 2015


At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, assessed the threat from Burnley under Sean Dyche, spoke about welcoming Gordon Greer back into the squad, and the benefits of having an international break.



Team News: "Gaetan has of course been out for a while. Sam Baldock will miss Sunday as well, but we are in relatively good shape.
 
“Losing Sam is a blow because he has been involved right the way through this campaign. He's only missed one game.
 
"But that's the nature of the game. You have to be able to adjust. It's exactly the same as when we lost Gaetan; it’s an opportunity for someone else who plays in that position.
 
"At the moment we have enough scope with the players we've got and, fortunately for us, some flexibility with the players that we have as well. We'll adjust in the best way we can."



Burnley under Sean Dyche: "They have got an extremely good manager who has managed the club very well in the time he has been there.
 
“If you look at the Premier League season, they didn't invest like some of the other clubs in the division, so they probably went into that season as one of the favourites to go down. But I always felt they always had a chance of staying up.
 
"They were always in with a chance and with a little bit more fortune and the small margins, they might have stayed there.
 
“That’s testament to the work Sean has done with the squad that he's got."

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Welcoming back Gordon Greer: "Gordon is a very fit lad. The thing that always come into your mind when selecting a team is consistency, but there are also games that particular individuals are more suited to.
 
"Gordon hasn't actually missed that much training so that's a plus, but at the moment we're on a decent run and it's certainly good to have consistency in the team.
 
 "There is competition for places in defence. Young Connor Goldson has done really well since he's been here and he'll want to keep pushing for a place in the squad.
 
"We've got what I regard as four good central defenders. It might give you a few headaches as a manager, but that's the sort of competition you want.”



The benefits of having an international break: "If you spoke to most managers in the Championship with the volume of games we have, then it's a real good opportunity. We now go into a heavy schedule of games - I think the next international break is not until March.
 
"These breaks have given us a really good opportunity to work with the players, assess where we are and give rest and recovery to those that need it.
 
"So we hope it's come at a good time. Normally the next game is a good indicator.”

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