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HUGHTON ON: BRISTOL CITY

4 November 2016

The key talking points from the manager's press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news, highlighted Glenn Murray’s positive impact on the squad, urged his team to maintain their focus after last weekend’s emphatic win, and praised Bristol City’s manager and top goalscorer.



Team News: “Kazenga LuaLua and Richie Towell are both on their way back, they’ll be involved in the under-23 game on Saturday and hopefully again on Tuesday.

“Although he didn’t make the bench, Solly March was in the squad for the last game [v Norwich], and that will be the same again.

“We’re in reasonably good health at the moment, but you know you won’t be at some stage, so you need as many fit players as possible.

“It’s really good to see Solly back, he’s been out for a long time, and also the same for Richie and Kazenga, they’re both desperate to get back as well.”



Murray’s contribution: “Ive been very impressed [with Glenn Murray], not just with his nine goals, but his overall contribution to the team and what he gives to the changing room.

“He has an enthusiasm to play well and it’s important that he’s a very strong team leader.

“It’s been no surprise for some, because he’s an individual who’s scored goals at this level, and generally you don’t lose that.”

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Keeping focused: “It’s vitally important [to back up Norwich result], we made sure that on Monday morning our concentrations were on the next game.

“It’s the way you have to go about your work and it’s the respect you have to show for every opposition.

“Saturday at Bristol City will be every bit as hard as it was last week at home to Norwich, so we’re very focused on the next game, and you have to be.”


Johnson and Abraham Praise: “I’ve been very impressed with the manager [Lee Johnson], he’s done a fabulous job there and they have a way of playing which has seen them be successful so far this season.

“In the lad [Tammy] Abraham, they have somebody who’s a real find for this division, he’s scored lots of goals.

“He’s a real talent, but for young players it’s about going to the right club at the right time. There are numerous examples of young players going to other clubs and it not happening for them."

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