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HUGHTON ON: MIDDLESBROUGH

6 May 2016

Albion's manager looks ahead to Saturday's pivotal game.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, his thoughts on Middlesbrough, Saturday’s objective, and this week’s preparations.



Team news: “We all know that Lewis Dunk will be missing through suspension but we have no new injuries to worry about.

“Gordon (Greer) is ready and you can tell by the way he performs in training. He is our captain, he has a great fitness level and vast experience.
 
“He is the right type of person and character to come in for the absent Dunk.”



Thoughts on Middlesbrough: “They are still very good team since we played them in December. When they came down here they were very good, probably the best side that we have played at the Amex this season.
 
“They might have had their ups and downs, but the quality is very much still there. That goes for us too and I’m sure other teams have thought about us like that.
 
“They are a quality side with quality players. We will have to play very well to achieve our goal.
 
“They have invested greatly in players and that is so they can go one step further and achieve automatic promotion."

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Going for the win: “We have one objective and that is to win the game and of course, there are numerous ways to do that.
 
“Sometimes the position we’re in (compared to Middlesbrough), can be the better situation.
 
“Something will give in the match and one team will be happier at the end of the game.
 
“For us, the facts are simple, they are a very good team and if we don’t play well then we will find it difficult to win the game.
 
“We will need to be resolute as regards to conceding, if we do then the mountain will be higher to climb.
 
“We are not frightened by the challenge, they are favourites being at home, and we will have to do something to win it.
 

This week's preparations: “We have tried to keep this a normal week, we knew the press conference would be busier and we’re delighted with that because it shows we have evolved from last season.
 
“We have prepared and acted like we have done all season and we look forward to the challenge on Saturday.”


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