The key points from the manager's pre-match press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, assessed Glenn Murray’s progress and the threat posed by Nottingham Forest, before looking forward to the club’s fifth anniversary at the Amex Stadium.
Team News: “Dale Stephens is fine and will be back in the squad for tonight. He hasn’t done too much training over the last few days, but he trained well yesterday and is back in the frame.
“It’s been frustrating for him. He was touch-and-go for Tuesday night, but we made the right decision, as it was something he was still feeling.
“Connor’s [Goldson] making good progress, but won’t make tomorrow and is unlikely to make Tuesday’s game [v Rotherham at home]. We’re pushing him, he’s out doing some really good running at the moment, so he’s certainly making progress. It’s just how quickly that can happen over the next week or so.
“I thought Rohan Ince and Ben White did very well [against Colchester]; it’s not an ideal situation, but I think we’re coping quite well at the minute.”
Murray's transition: “He’s settled in very quickly. It helps that he’s an experienced player and already been here before. Experienced players tend to adjust and cope easier, players like Liam [Rosenior] settled in really well and I think experienced players do that.
“It’s a club that he knows very well and he’s excited by the prospect of playing regular football again.
“For a player that is experienced in this division, which he is, you want the younger players in the squad to feed off of that. He has an important role in the team and in the entire squad.”
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Threat from Forest: “We can only really go on what we saw from their last game and pre-season. They’ve certainly had a change around in the team; it was a very young, mobile side that won 4-3 against Burton.
“He [Philippe Montanier] made many changes in midweek; there were only two that played on Saturday that played again in midweek. So he has a lot of options.
“They have a lot of experienced players, but we’re not 100% sure which way he’ll go, as they were very young and mobile last Saturday.
Winning on Amex anniversary: “You always want to start well, like we did last season, and I’ll always maintain that the supporters have got to enjoy what they see.
“You can’t naturally expect people to get up off their seats if they’re not enjoying what they’re seeing. But thankfully for most of last season, we were able to do that.
“It’s all about recognising how far this club has come. I’m very aware of the club’s history, where the club has been and where the club has had to play their matches for many years.
“From the Withdean to the magnificent stadium we’ve now got, the club has come a long way and we’d like to do it proud on Friday night.”
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