At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton spoke about the departure of Nathan Jones to manage Luton, the opportunity to rotate his squad, the threat posed by Hull City and the arrivals of Liam Ridgewell and Richie Towell.
Jones's Departure: “I have to say he’s been excellent for me from the minute I came in; he’s a very good coach who has had a desire of wanting to manage.
"I was very aware of that and on other occasions there has been interest in Nathan and he felt that this was a perfect opportunity for him.
“Certainly it is very sad to see Nathan go because he's been a very good servant of this football club, but I really wish him all the best.
“We will definitely keep in touch and I’m sure he will very much be a success there. I am disappointed to see him go, but I’m delighted that he has that opportunity and hope he does really well."
Rotating the squad: “The view of it [FA Cup] has changed, but it’s more to do with the larger squads that teams now have.
“In the past, this competition would not have seen too many changes to the team from a league game compared to an FA Cup one, but I think the size of the squads now means more clubs rotate their teams.
“It’s arguably the biggest cup competition in the world, certainly in domestic terms and one that you want to go progress in, irrespective of any situation you’re in at the time and whatever team that you field.
“We’re very conscious that the squad has been stretched and it is an opportunity to be able to use the squad fully on Saturday. In the position we are in at the moment, that’s the sensible thing. It is an opportunity to freshen things up a bit”.
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The test from Hull: "We endeavour to give Hull the best game that we can. It's still an exciting prospect to play in the FA Cup but there is no doubt it will be a tough game.
"I think apart from playing a Premier League team away from home, it does not get any tougher than this one, but it gives us a big challenge.”
Additions of Ridgewell and Towell: “It is in effect a new signing [Towell], even though he has been with us for a while. New signings, like Liam Ridgewell and Richie Towell, bring a freshness to the place. They come with a lot of enthusiasm. It just changes things slightly and they are coming into a very good group and we want them to be involved as quickly as possible. Certainly Saturday gives me an opportunity to rest a few players, bring in some fresh faces and give some an opportunity that they haven’t had for a while.”
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