The key talking points from the manager's pre-match press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton analysed the club’s wealthy selection of wingers, gave his thoughts on the benefits of the Checkatrade Trophy, spoke about Paul Trollope’s return to Cardiff City, and praised Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock.
Wide options: “You always want that type of competition, and we had less options a few weeks ago when we didn’t have Kazenga [LuaLua] and Solly [March] because of injury.
“They are now back, had a lot of training and played a few games for the under-23s, so there are five specific wide players now and there’s really good quality and competition.
“It certainly keeps them on their toes and gives me good options."
Checkatrade Trophy benefits: “We’re quite fortunate with Solly [March] because he still falls below that age limit, but I’ve utilised the squad in many of those games [Checkatrade Trophy].
“For the younger players in Rusky’s group [Simon Rusk], it’s great for them to be playing with the senior players in that level of competition.
“There’s no doubt the level of competition is different to what they experience in the league games, so it’s been very good and gives us the chance to utilise the players we’ve got."
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Trollope returning to Cardiff: “There’s no doubt that he’d know some of their individuals better than what we would, but it’s minimal. They’ve got a new manager that will play a different way and ask different things of the players.
“With the resources at all clubs now, in regards to the analysts and the games we go through, there isn’t too much about teams and players that we don’t know anyway.
“We go through things thoroughly here, but of course Paul [Trollope] can tell us a little bit about each individual, which is quite normal.
“But regarding their strengths and weaknesses, and the players they’ve got, I’d like to think our staff do a very good job."
Neil Warnock: “For somebody like him, that’s been in the game for so long, it’s great to still have that same enthusiasm for the game.
“If there’s an option of doing some television work or going back into the deep end, Neil’s the type of individual that likes the challenge of going back into the deep end.
“He’s been very successful in what he does and gets the best out of teams."
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