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HUGHTON ON: NEWCASTLE

26 August 2016

The key talking points from Chris Hughton's pre-match press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton revealed the team news, emphasised the importance of embracing a trip to St James’ Park and maintaining a winning mentality, before sharing his excitement for Saturday’s game against Newcastle United.



Team News: “The only one that will miss out is Liam Rosenior; he’s still a little bit sore and we haven’t assessed that one yet. We’re waiting for that little bit of soreness to go before we can assess it.

“Connor Goldson is very close; we’re hoping that he’ll possibly play for the under-23s next week. Richie Towell is also still out, but apart from that, I think everybody is free from injury.

“I’ve got to make decisions because I’ve got some good options, and I’ve got to decide which way to go on that one, but they are both available {Rohan Ince and Uwe Huenemeier}.

“Uwe came through a good 60 minutes in midweek, he showed no derogatory signs from that and trained again yesterday.”




Embracing the game: “It’s one of the biggest games on our calendar. You want a group of lads that are going to embrace that and look forward to it.

“In this league, there are now possibilities to play at Newcastle in front of 50,000 people and as a player, they’re the type of atmospheres you want to play in.

"For any team wanting to do well in this division, you’ve got to go to these places and try to get a result."

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Winning attitude: “With the mentality of winning your home games and not losing away from home, then generally you’re not going to be too far away come the end of the season.

“I thought we were very good at Derby, which was a very difficult game and place to go. Not so good at Reading, but we still put in a performance that was good enough for us not to lose.

“If you ask me if a draw away at Newcastle is a good result, then of course it is. To play somewhere like that against that level of team, it has to be.

“But we will go everywhere to try and win the game, whether it’s Newcastle, Derby or anywhere else, we’ll always attempt to win the game."


Newcastle return:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. They have very good staff and it’s a very passionate club. Generally, the people that work around the club are all mad Newcastle supporters as well.

“It’s a club and stadium which grace this division. We won’t be the only ones that look forward to going there.

“They’ve got a formidable squad and team, but it’s a good place to go and it’s a game that I’m looking forward to.”

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