The key talking points from the Albion manager’s press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke about using his squad effectively, analysed Blackburn Rovers, praised the club’s former captain Gordon Greer, and highlighted the contribution of Albion chairman Tony Bloom.
Squad rotation: “There is always that balance of having consistent players in the team, but also utilising the entire squad.
“They’re the sort of challenges that you want; you want players to push you and give you tough decisions to make.
“We have a lot of games coming up over this Christmas period, and I have to utilise the squad in the best way possible.
“The tough part is always getting those balances, and you just hope that you can maintain the same playing levels, and so far we’ve been able to do that.”
Blackburn’s consistency: “I know they lost at the weekend [v Preston], but their performance levels have been very good and that comes with a consistent starting line-up.
“If you look at the teams they’ve put out over the last few games, it’s been fairly consistent. There was a big transformation in the summer, with players both coming in and going out.
“As a manager, you just want that consistency of players being available and he’s got that at the moment.
“He’s playing two upfront, and they’re both affecting the game. They were excellent at Newcastle, so we’re expecting a very tough game.”
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Gordon Greer: “It was the end of his contract, he’d served the club very well, not only as a player but as a captain, and my thinking was to freshen things up in that area.
“He’d missed a chunk of last season through injury, but certainly in regards to his level of performance, and I can only speak about my time here, it was very high.
“That’s a consequence of how he trains. For somebody of his age now, he trains like somebody ten years younger, and I’m sure he’s a great example to some of the young lads there.
“I don’t think there’ll be any difference if he plays against us, because he’s a very motivated player that can play well in any game.”
Tony Bloom’s contribution: "I read Paul Barber's notes in the programme on Friday night and it is outstanding, particularly for a local family man that's had this involvement in the club for so many years.
"This is not a foreign, extraordinarily wealthy businessman that has come to these shores and invested, this is somebody who is very much doing it from the heart.
“We have a very good relationship. Ultimately I am always respectful, because he is the person that brought me into this club.
"There is always a responsibility to repay somebody that has put faith in you. I desperately hope that we are able to do that.”
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