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HUGHTON HAILS THE PLAYERS' CHARACTER

5 April 2016

The Albion manager is pleased with the resilience shown by his players.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has hailed the immense strength of character in his squad going into this afternoon’s table-topping clash with Burnley at the Amex.

Albion could move to within one point of the Clarets with a victory and Hughton feels his side have been boosted by a recent upturn in form, after only one defeat in their last 12 games.

He said, “You try to create an environment where the players want to play well and we have also remained consistent all season.

“We went through a difficult period and lost some games, but the team recovered from that. The performance levels didn’t drop during that spell but the results and points did.

“The comeback has given the team great strength and belief. We have missed some big players for long periods and we are now very strong.

“In January, we brought in Jiri Skalak and Anthony Knockaert. Liam Rosenior and Gaetan Bong returned from injury too and that has given us a lot more competition in the squad.

“Our bench is very strong as well, but all of that counts for nothing if you don’t get the results.”

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Hughton has praised the tremendous support from the fans this season, and with today’s game completely sold out there is set to be the largest-ever home support inside the stadium.

“The fans can make a difference. I know that as a supporter you want to watch your team do well and there will be matches when they are more vocal than not.

“At MK Dons, our 7,000 away fans were heard more in the second half than the first half and that’s because the first half was quite cagey.

“The second half took off and there was more to shout about. Overall, our supporters have been excellent, they really have.”

Albion are set for a big test defensively tomorrow, as two of the Championship’s top strikers, Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, are set to line up for the Clarets.

“We are against two completely different strikers but both have a lot of goals to their names.

“Players enjoy a challenge and it’s great for [Connor] Goldson and [Lewis] Dunk. It will have to be a good team effort to stop Gray and Vokes.

“Burnley lost [Danny] Ings and brought in a similar player in Andre Gray. He did great at Brentford and that was the reason they spent big money on him.

“He went to a good team and has proved his quality. Vokes has a lot of experience and can also score goals consistently. They are a good combination.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BURNLEY

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.30PM


ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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