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HUGHTON ON: QPR

18 April 2016

Albion's manager looks ahead to Tuesday night's game against QPR.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about the morale within the squad, previous experiences of promotion, the threat from QPR and Burnley versus Middlesbrough.


 
Team News: “Bobby (Zamora) is still unavailable and will miss the game on Tuesday night. He is still suffering the same hip problem but we are doing our best with him.

“Sam [Baldock] is ready, if the game was a bit different on Friday night against Fulham, then he would have played.

“We were in a position where we didn’t have to take any risks with Sam. We want to keep everyone available and we didn’t want to risk anything.”

 
 
Squad morale: “We are all very upbeat and certainly more so after a great result on Friday night. Our mood and confidence is very high as you would expect.

“The players are very good at focusing on the reality of our task, we face another tough game this Tuesday and as we know there are no easy games in this league.

“We don’t have time to get carried away because there is always a game right around the corner and with that comes with decisions and also the players wondering about their game time.”

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Promotion experience:
“We certainly have promotion experience and the desire from everyone in the squad is to achieve it.

“Last season was very difficult, but two seasons before that there was a squad that was used to being high in the table.

“There are different pressures when you’re near the top and unfortunately, due to our position in the table last season, we had to make sure we won enough games to stay in the division.

“We want the pressure we have at the moment and some of the players are used to it in this squad, we want to use all of the experience we have in this squad to our advantage.”

 

Queens Park Rangers: “We are expecting a very tough game. “It was very good game at Loftus Road back in December, certainly for them.

“We were 2-0 up and they showed what quality they have in the team. “They are a lot more settled now and there aren’t too many changes in their team.

“Jimmy (Floyd Hasselbaink) has them playing in a good system and he has given [Sebastian] Polter a chance up top and he is performing very well for him.

“They’re on the back of a very good away result against Cardiff on the weekend and we expect a very tough game.”

 
 
Burnley v Middlesbrough: “I am conscious of it now and I will be conscious of it at the end of the game when the result comes through.

“But we are focused on winning our game and we are used to that mind-set. Burnley versus Middlesbrough isn’t the only big game for the rest of the season, as we have four more very important games.

“I think the moment you have a preferred result then it will smack you in the face.

“The important thing is that we win and hopefully results might go our way.

“We have found that the teams at the top always find ways of winning, for example Middlesbrough have won their last two games with late goals and that shows real quality.”

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