The key talking points from the Albion manager’s press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Tuesday’s game, discussed his plans for the January transfer window, analysed the recent form of QPR, and commented on the current league standings in the Sky Bet Championship.
Team news: “Jamie [Murphy] will certainly be available. He didn’t train yesterday [Tuesday] and had rehab today [Wednesday], but he’ll certainly train the three days that lead into the QPR game, so he’s fine.
“Beram [Kayal] has had a good level of training, but it’s about getting him up to speed and potentially looking for some games for him with the under-23s.
“We had one earlier this week, but it was a touch early. At the moment he’s training very hard and we’ll look for the best opportunity.
“We’re expecting Liam [Rosenior] to train with the group at the end of this week, so things are very good at the moment.”
January transfer business: “I certainly don’t see January being a busy window for us, it doesn't have to be. We do have the responsibility that if we feel we can improve the squad, and it’s right to, then we’ll look at it.
“I think the summer [transfer window] is always more important. We recruited well in the summer, and certainly in Glenn [Murray], Shane [Duffy] and Ollie [Norwood], they’ve made us a better squad.
“Our recruitment department don’t do any less work because we feel we’re in a better position, though, they work all-year round.
“We’ll do something if we feel it’s right for us, but at the moment, I feel we’ve got really good competition in the squad.”
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QPR form: “They’ve certainly found it difficult to get the goals that you need. I saw them play against Villa on Sunday and I thought they played well.
“Speaking since Ollie’s [Ian Holloway] gone in there, their performance levels have been good but they can’t find that way of winning at the moment.
“They’ve gone through a transition over the last couple of years, certainly from their Premier League days. They’ve had to move a few players out and the recruitment sometimes takes longer than you want.
“But certainly in Ian Holloway, they’ve got somebody that knows the club very well and he’ll be trying his very best to turn things around.”
Division taking shape: “It’s a very strong Championship, and because Derby and Villa didn’t start as well as they would have liked to, it’s given the division a different look.
“But as expected, both Derby and Villa are having very good runs and will certainly be up there, because they’ve got very good squads.
“When you look at the teams that are around the top six and beneath it, any team with a good run can have a really good end to the season.
“There isn’t an easy game [in this league], but certainly going into that last period, it will be the team that goes on the best run that will finish right up there.”
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