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HUGHTON ON: READING

19 August 2016

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


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton discussed David Stockdale’s speedy return from injury, the problematic task of picking the team, dealing with injuries, and also spoke about Reading’s desire to bounce back on Saturday.



Team News: “He’s fine [David Stockdale]. He trained this morning and will be in the squad for the weekend. He’s made a good recovery.

“On the initial incident, when we saw the stretcher going on, we knew it could have been anything. But thankfully for us, the feeling the next morning was that it wasn’t anything major, it was just how long it was going to take.

“But then we had the good news that it would be a quick turnaround, obviously not quick enough for Tuesday night; but he trained today and he’s fit and available.

“On top of that, we’ve got [Uwe] Huenemeier and [Connor] Goldson, who are both very close. I would expect both of them to be functioning properly and be available for first-team action after the international break.

“We’ve got three games to go before that; we’re expecting Uwe [Huenemeier] and Solly [March] to be involved in the reserve [U23] game on Monday and Connor [Goldson] to be involved in one, maybe two of the next three games for the under-23 side.”



Selection headache: “It’s a difficult decision that I have to make [Stockdale or Maenpaa], but that’s how it should be.

“It’s good to have those choices. I was pleased for Niki [Maenpaa] and I think he did very well on Tuesday night; and the same for David Stockdale in the game that he did get injured, I think he did very well.”

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Dealing with injuries: “You are going to get injuries. There are some exceptions; if I look at Burnley last season, they went up with a very consistent team and had a lot of players who played a lot of games.

“But for most teams, you know you’re going to have many injuries throughout the season."

“What you want to do is keep the competition high. If somebody goes out and somebody else comes in that doesn’t change the balance too much, then that’s an ideal situation to be in.”



Reading response: “All the reports that we had of the game was that it wasn’t a performance that warranted the level of defeat. So I think there were certainly aspects of their game that they did quite well, but Newcastle is a tough place to go at any stage.

“It was always going to be a tough one for Reading, but if anything, it means they’ll be more motivated to get a result at home on Saturday.

“It doesn’t dramatically change anything too much. We expect a tough game, we’re away from home, they’re at home, and it certainly heightens the desire for them to do well.”


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