In Chris Hughton's pre-match press conference, the Brighton and Hove Albion manager delivered the team news, spoke about the competition for places in his squad, Albion’s unbeaten run and the threat from Sheffield Wednesday.
Team News: “We’re very hopeful that Gordon Greer will return on Saturday. We just thought that tonight’s game has come too soon, having only just played on Saturday against Reading.
“Kazenga LuaLua will probably be back after the international break. It’s a combination of not wanting to risk him and having Jamie Murphy back playing well.
“If we had the chance to get Kazenga back right now then we would, because it gives us another nice option, but certainly at this moment we need to make sure we are dealing with him the best way we can.”
Competition for places: “What you’re always striving for is competition for places and we have been fairly consistent in the teams that we have put out to play.
“There are players like Andrew Crofts who have returned and been involved in games already, which gives us good options in midfield.
“Connor Goldson is somebody who is used to playing and training every day; he has been training really well here and we’ve seen him on the bench in the last few matches.
“We have been reasonably fortunate with injuries this season, Gaetan Bong has been a big blow for us because it’s a long period of time, but we’ve done reasonably well with the lack of injuries so far.“
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Albion’s unbeaten start: “I am incredibly pleased and delighted with our start to the season. I have had three different teams in the Championship under three completely different circumstances.
“To hit the ground running after we have bought nine players in the summer is brilliant and I couldn’t be more delighted for the group.
"They have deserved it and as each game and week goes past, it gets tougher; but at this moment in time, nobody can take away where we are and what we’ve achieved so far."
Threat from Sheffield Wednesday: “You have to regard them as contenders for finishing at the top end of the table. The Championship is so competitive; if you look at the teams in form and the teams that are capable of being up there near the top, then you will get a rough idea of who will finish where.
"Sheffield Wednesday’s form at this minute says that they are in contention to finish high in the table come the end of the season. There are a lot of strong teams in this division and they will also be in contention come the end of the season.”
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