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HUGHTON ON: ROTHERHAM

12 January 2016

At Chris Hughton’s pre-match press conference, the Brighton & Hove Albion manager delivered the latest team news, assessed the threat posed by Rotherham United, the qualities of new signing Anthony Knockaert and spoke about the need to return to winning ways.



Team News: “Gordon Greer is in the frame and it’s good to have our captain back.

“If I’m looking at any pluses from the Hull game they were Kazenga [LuaLua] and Sam [Baldock] both playing a part and they will both be in the squad as well.

“At the minute, there are no fresh injuries.”



Threat from Rotherham: “Their team has been reasonably consistent.

“They lost over the weekend but have been on a good run.

“I know Neil [Redfearn] reasonably well and I don’t think there would have been too much change, even with a new manager.

“They are a high-energy team. It’s a fabulous, tight stadium that they have got there and they create a very good atmosphere.

“They are a hard-working team that will certainly look to use those qualities. I expect a very tough game.”

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Anthony Knockaert’s arrival:
“Sometimes you might bring a player in who has not been playing and you need to get him up to speed.

“One thing about Anthony is he has been playing games regularly, so from a fitness level, he is fine.

“The role that we want him to play here is one that is a very familiar one for him.

“He played that role at Leicester in this division as well, so we don’t see too many problems with him settling in.

“He is a player that knows this division and is used to this position in the league. He’s an offensive player, is left footed and plays predominantly on the right-hand side.

“That is very much part of the modern game. What they can expect is a team player and we brought him in to enable us to score more goals and create assists.”



Need to return to winning ways: “If we take the cup loss to Hull away (we made a lot of changes, so did Hull) then you’re looking at the three games against Middlesbrough, Wolves, and Ipswich. In the Middlesbrough game, they scored three headed goals, two were from set plays, and we didn’t score. They were better than us at both ends.

“We can hold our hands up and say we were beaten by a better side, but if you look at the Ipswich and Wolves games, they were both games we shouldn’t have lost. It’s down to the margins, those were the games that we would’ve won earlier in the season. Certainly at this time, we need to be getting more goals. In the Wolves game we couldn’t have done any more to get a goal.”

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