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HUGHTON ON: FOREST

9 April 2016

The Albion manager looks ahead to Monday night's game.


At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about the threat posed by Nottingham Forest, the partnership of Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk and the return of Kazenga LuaLua.



Team News: “Both Sam Baldock and Bobby Zamora are unavailable for Monday, but we’ll hopefully have both of them available for next Friday.

“Sam is the one we’re perhaps more pleased with because when he went off in the Burnley game, he had a hamstring problem and we know that’s one which can drag on a bit.

“However, it’s certainly not anywhere near as bad as what it could have been, so we think it might be a neural injury.

“He was out running on Friday and we’re hoping we’ll have Sam available for Fulham.

“Bobby has done great for us, but he has periods in the season where it can take longer than normal for him to get back, but we’re hopeful with him.”



Threat from Forest: “They’re going through a difficult period at the moment, but they went through a really good period where they went 10 or 12 games where they didn’t lose.

“But they’ve had a difficult time recently and had a change of manager, which has made things more difficult.

“Yes they have picked up some injuries, but they still do have a very good side on paper.

“I know Paul Williams reasonably well and no doubt he’ll be working as hard as he can to get them the results they need right until the end of the season. I certainly expect it to be another tough away day.”

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Dunk and Goldson partnership: “He [Connor] is a young player that hasn’t played at this level before, but is someone that has played a lot of games at first-team level for Shrewsbury. What we have in Dunky and Connor are two young players who are reasonably experienced. That’s why with Connor, the transition has been comfortable.”



Return of Kazenga LuaLua: “It’s been difficult for him because it was a long time out and in that time we recruited well with Jamie [Murphy]. Jamie has gone on to have a good season and on that right-hand side we have two players in Anthony [Knockaert] and Jiri [Skalkak], so there’s big competition in the wide areas.

“The most important thing is he’s back fit and available.

“Kazenga is an explosive player and he has that physicallity. He’s been starved of that over the last few months because of injury and it’s good to have him back.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V DERBY COUNTY

MONDAY 2ND MAY, KICK-OFF 2.30PM


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