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HUGHTON ON: FULHAM

14 April 2016

Albion's manager looks ahead to Friday night's game.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about having home advantage, the threat from Fulham, late Championship drama and competition in the squad.



Team News: “Sam (Baldock) trained on Wednesday and will be available for Friday but Bobby (Zamora) remains out due to an ongoing hip problem.

“Bobby has done great for us all season and we knew how to manage him and I feel we have got the best out of him when he does plays.”



Home advantage: “Every game is an opportunity to get three points and we now have a great chance to get some early points on the board due to the fixture rearrangements.

“The home games mean a lot, even though we have done well on the road. For most teams, when playing at home there is more of a pressure to win, the game has changed and away teams tend to get good results.”



Fulham: “Fulham are a team in very good form and we have got used to playing teams like that. It seems that in many of our fixtures, our opponents have been on the back of good form.

“They are on the back of three wins and they have great quality in the squad with great options on the bench, like ourselves.

“They arguably have one of the best top two in the league with [Ross] McCormack and [Moussa] Dembele. McCormack will continue to score goals and Dembele is a really good young talent.

“You can see why they score goals, but we’re at home and are on a decent run.”

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Late drama: “Every week there is a late drama and good teams always find a way of winning and that goes for the Premier League too.

“The top English teams down the years have always got a late goal in them because that’s the quality they have. It wasn’t a surprise on Tuesday [Middlesbrough beat Reading] but it would have been nice if they didn’t score.”

“I hope Steve Sidwell’s goal proves to be a catalyst for us. At this stage of the season you can see what late goals mean to the teams, like ours against Forest, Middlesbrough’s against Reading, and Burnley’s against us.”



Squad competition: “We wanted to have this competition in the squad at this stage of the season. Players returning from long-term injuries have really helped and our signings in January have also given us really good options.

“Jiri Skalak has been excellent since signing for the club and his delivery on set-pieces has been fantastic recently, and that gives us another dimension to our game.

“We have a new way of scoring goals because we haven’t scored many from set-pieces this season.”

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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