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HUGHTON ON: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

12 May 2016

The key talking points from the Albion manager's pre-match press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about the dangers posed by Sheffield Wednesday, the team’s preparations for Friday and the qualities they need to progress.



Team news: “Having Dale (Stephens) out is a big blow but what I have to be able to do is concentrate on the fact that we have really good competition in the squad.
 
“We have had periods this season where we have missed big players through injury, that’s part and parcel of the game, and you have to adjust.
 
“When a player misses a game, someone else gets a chance and generally for us this season, that player has done well with their opportunity.
 
“As for Bobby (Zamora), he won’t be involved in either of the two legs and I am just looking at those two games for now.”



Dangers from Sheffield Wednesday: “When you go into the play-offs, there aren’t any favourites. There are four teams that all have qualities, otherwise they wouldn’t be there in the first place.
 
“It’s a very tough call between all four teams; that shows with the two results we’ve had against them this season.
 
“They are a very good side, they have goals in them and they know how to win a football match.
 
“I know some of their players very well so I expect it to be a tight affair, as you would expect in all play-off games.
 
“We know their dangers and that we can’t treat them lightly.”

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Team's preparations for Friday: “The disappointment they showed on Saturday at Middlesbrough highlights how close we have come to automatic-promtion.

“They are a very motivated squad and I would rather have seen a distraught changing room than anything different and that’s because you can see what it means to them.

 “We didn’t come away from the game with a loss and there were a lot of other positives the players gained.

“They were distraught but I think that’s something they will use to their benefit.

“We now have to approach the Sheffield (Wednesday) game the same as every other game this season.

“You have to have a similar approach to every game, it shouldn’t make it any different just because it’s a play-off game. Once you start doing things differently, it can knock you out of your rhythm.

“Our approach has been the same this week and we look to get the same response.”



Albion’s qualities: “We need to show the abilities we have shown all season.

“We have been good and resilient away from home and fortunately for us in the second-half of the season, we have found other ways of winning games and we are also scoring more goals than we did earlier in the season.

“We certainly have good momentum too, there is no doubt about that and I’m glad we’re going into these games on the back of positive results.

“We scored a last minute equaliser against Derby and that gave us a lift even though we didn’t win, we came away from that match on a bit of a high.

“We then finished the next game at Middlesbrough with ten-men, we got back into the game and gave it a real go; that speaks volumes for the squad we have.

“We need to take that type of spirit into the next games two games.”

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