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HUGHTON ON: HUDDERSFIELD

22 January 2016


At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, assessed the impact of ending the winless run at Blackburn last week and the threat which Huddersfield will pose on Saturday.

 
Team News: "Uwe Huenemeier is coming along nicely, but he has not been involved in any training sessions with the team, just out running.

"He's still a few weeks away from returning, which is a little disappointing.

"Sam (Baldock) and Gordon (Greer) are both very close. It will just be a question of whether they train tomorrow and if they do, then it puts them in the frame to be involved on Saturday.

"But if they don't, then they will be looking at coming back for the next game.

“There are no setbacks, but when somebody comes back, we try and do as much work as possible to get them to certain levels. But of course, it doesn't happen instantly.

“Kazenga [LuaLua] is looking better and stronger every day, but it takes a little while, particularly if you've been out for a long time. Some players can adapt quicker than others.

"Gaetan [Bong] out of the three [Uwe and Liam] is probably the one we hope will be back the quickest, but certainly it will be good to see them back up and running and in that squad again.”



The impact of winning at Blackburn:
"It was certainly a relief. I don't say that lightly because I think from where we have been and the standards that we've set, we have got used to not losing football matches.

“It was a massive win because it has been a difficult period. We knew at some stage the levels were going to drop because it's difficult to sustain it for such long periods of time, and you just hope that you still find a way of getting a result in those periods.

“We've conceded a few poor goals of late and haven't been as good at the other end of the pitch. So certainly after the Rotherham game, it was good to get back to winning ways and I think the manner of the win, on a really tough away day with tricky conditions, was a relief and now we can look forward to these home games coming up.”

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Threat from Huddersfield:
"They are a really strong side at the moment; I saw them play at Reading in midweek and I don't think it would be unfair on Reading to say up until the sending off, Huddersfield were the better team.

“They were going really well and went 2-0 up in that one. What I've seen of them in recent games is that they have changed their shape in the way they play, they’re a young side with a lot of enthusiasm.

“As with any game in this division, it won't be easy, but we are at home on the back of a good win after a difficult time, and the only way to maintain that is to give everything to win it.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V BRENTFORD

FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V BOLTON WANDERERS

SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


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