The key talking points from Chris Hughton's pre-match press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news, assessed the threat posed by Hull City, gave his thoughts on Saturday’s win over Bolton and spoke about the strength in depth within the squad.
Team News: “James [Wilson] trained again this morning. It was a very minimal injury that meant we didn’t put him in the squad for the last game, but we’re hoping he’ll be available. Liam Rosenior is back in the squad, which is a big plus for us as he’s been out for quite some time.
“The only ones that are not involved are Gordon Greer, who’s very close, Gaetan Bong, but he trained with us yesterday and will train with us today, and Uwe Huenemeier.”
Threat from Hull: “They are a team that’s in really good form at the moment. The best team performance against us this season was Middlesbrough at the Amex, where they had everything. We’re seeing that in Hull at the moment. They look very efficient in everything they do, they are a very strong team with strong individuals. I hope it’s a tight game and hopefully we can push that in our favour.”
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Saturday’s win over Bolton: “After a very good run earlier in the season, we then had a poor run of results at home.
“What was key was that we got back to winning ways at home. We’ve managed to do that and we’ve got three away games, starting with probably the toughest of them all against Hull who are in outstanding form.
“We needed to go into these games on a bit of a high, certainly points wise, but it’s good to see us scoring goals. At periods this season, we’ve found it difficult to get the goals we’ve wanted to or win games by the margins we would’ve liked to.”
Strength in depth: “There’s a better feel around the place; we have got some injured players back, which is good. There’s real competition and we recruited well in the window.
“We were able to bring in [Anthony] Knockaert, who’s had the desired effect and we brought on Jiri Skalak Saturday to give him his debut, so we’ve certainly got more competition in the squad and we hope that can push us on to where we want to be.”
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