In yesterday’s pre-match press conference, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about the club hosting England’s under-21s, the threat posed by Milton Keynes Dons and the upcoming international break.
Team News: “Bobby Zamora had a session on Thursday and will train today.We are very hopeful that he’ll be available for Saturday’s match.
Bobby is very important because he plays in a position where you know you’ll have to make changes. All the forward areas in general are places where you have to change the personnel regularly. He is the only target man in the squad, so that makes it more important to get him back for Saturday.”
“Gordon Greer did a lighter session on Thursday, will train today and we will assess him again before Saturday. The problem he had was very minor so we aren’t overly concerned going forward with it.
“We are hoping that Kazenga LuaLua we’ll be ready after the international break.”
Having England Down: “What we need to and what we will do is look after them the best we can.
“It’s always good to see Gareth Southgate; he’s someone that I speak to regularly and he is very good getting at back to us when discussing our players for his squads.
"It’s great to host the England under-21s’ game against Switzerland U21’s. It’s a reflection of what we have here at the club, and it’s great to look after them for the three days that they’ll be training here at our facility.”
“To have three of our players in the squad is fantastic; it is a reflection on what the club is trying to achieve and they are three young players that have come through the system here in different ways.
Christian Walton has had less involvement this season, but he has been out on loan with Bury, Jake Forster-Caskey has played a few games for MK Dons and Solly March has featured a lot this season.
“This is the direction the club wants to go in, with the facilities we have here and our category one status. These factors mean we have a good opportunity to develop our own players and bring them into our first team.”
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Threat from MK Dons: “They haven’t changed the way that they play, their style is very expansive with some good passing. I know that they have struggled in this division, but that’s normal.
"A newly-promoted club are going to experience difficulties, as have Bristol City and Preston North End. What they have shown in their latest result is that there are small margins in this league between each club.
With Bristol City and Preston, they were both on a good result coming into the game against us and it’s the same with MK Dons, after they beat Charlton 1-0. We know what type of game to expect, we certainly know how they will play, and we just need to make sure we are playing at a standard that will get us a result.”
Upcoming international Break: “Overall, we have generally welcomed the break because we’re in a tough and competitive league. We’re on the back of some mid-week matches and it is an opportunity for everyone at the club to re-group, analyse, improve and give the players who aren’t featuring as much time as possible to work on things in training.
“We won’t have another international break until well into the New Year, so this period will be more valuable than the last two.”