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HUGHTON ON: CHARLTON

22 April 2016

Albion's manager looked ahead to another crucial game on Saturday.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, gave his thoughts on Charlton Athletic, spoke about the late drama in the  Championship, the confidence within the squad and his side's goalscoring form.
 


Team News:
“[James] Wilson’s knock is certainly more promising than we originally thought. We knew it was minor and we’re pleased we took him off at half-time.
 
“He is a doubt for Saturday but we are certainly not ruling him out. We hope to know more on Friday but he will still travel with us.
 
“Hats off to the medical department and James himself.
 
“Sometimes a goal can change a game and the goal before half-time helped us make our decision. He might have felt differently about continuing depending on the score.
 
“Its important to have him fit because we still don’t have Bobby [Zamora]. At the moment we have James [Wilson], Tomer [Hemed] and Sam [Baldock] and we need to keep them fit and available.
 
“We hope Uwe [Huenemeier] will train with the team next week. He had an operation that set him back a bit, but we had great medical attention and advice.
 
“We need to keep everyone’s fitness levels up because you never know what can happen.”



Charlton Athletic: “We have to take one game at a time like we have done all season.

“Bolton were already relegated and it took a stoppage time goal from Middlesbrough to win the game.
 
“Charlton will continue to fight and they’re a tough side, they only just lost against Derby due to a set-play and they performed well in that match.
 
“I can’t see this game being any easier and they’re in a position now where they can approach the game differently.
 
“We can’t afford to dwell on their troubles. We are conscious of what has happened in previous matches, but we can’t affect what will happen off the pitch.
 
“When you start thinking about external matters, you forget your objective and ours is of course to win. It’s the responsibility of the opposition, not ours.”

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Late Drama: “I hope there is more drama and late goals, especially if they work in our favour.
 
“There has been a lot of late drama in recent matches, especially at the top of the table, but it has happened all season and that is because every club is fighting for something.”



Free-scoring form: “The goals we are scoring expresses our confidence and it has come at the right time.
 
“I don’t think anyone would have expected us to score that many goals in the last two games against Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.
 
“Sometimes, scoring a lot of goals can happen and we haven’t done too much differently apart from the fact we are now a threat from set-pieces. We are in a confident phase and I hope it continues.
 
“It’s an exciting end of the season and not one we anticipated. We have coped with the pressure very well and we will need to continue that.”

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