The Albion manager looks ahead to tonight's big game
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, reflected on the draw with Burnley, spoke about his attacking options and Tuesday night’s opponents, Birmingham City.
Team News: “Bruno will be fine, he trained again this morning and will be available.
“Sam [Baldock] will miss out. He has a very slight hamstring problem and we’re hoping it’s more of a neural injury.
“It’s certainly not a bad one and the good thing is it’s something he’s experienced before. He came off at the right time, as he was feeling it, so we certainly hope he won’t miss too many games.
“Bobby [Zamora] won’t be available. We’re confident it won’t be a long injury, but he’ll miss the Tuesday game and possibly next Monday. But we don’t see it being a long period of time.”
Reflections on the Burnley game: “There are two things in a game: there’s the result and the performance. I think the result was disappointing because we played well enough to win the game, but sometimes on reflection, you realise the quality of the team you were playing against.
“Certainly, it was one of the better performances in our last few games and we’re in confident mood because of that, but we’ve got a tough game on Tuesday night against a play-off chasing side.”
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Offensive options: “[Elvis] Manu has not been involved for a while, but he’s back now and Jiri [Skalak] is someone that has played in that position, as has Jamie Murphy.
“We have other strikers in Tomer [Hemed] and James Wilson, so we’ve still got options in that position.
“What James has shown in phases, is that he has great ability. It wasn’t the case on Saturday, but he has an ability to score goals and if you look at the periods that he has been on the park, we certainly know what he gives us.
“On Saturday he didn’t get into the rhythm of the game as quickly as what he has done on many other occasions.”
Threat from Birmingham: “I certainly expect a reaction from them after losing to Charlton. We’ve watched the game and perhaps similar to us drawing the game on Saturday, it’s very difficult when you concede so late and for them to lose the game in that fashion would’ve been a blow.
“He [Gary Rowett] changed a few players for that game and we always have an idea of the side we’ll play against, but they’re very good at home and very difficult to beat there.
“One thing in our mind was their last win, which came against Hull. That’s what they’re capable of, particularly at home, so we expect a very difficult game.
“Rowett has done a great job at the club and they arguably lost their best player in Demarai Gray and they’ve continued to do a fabulous job.
“It will be as tough as the encounter we faced on Saturday against Burnley.”
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