The Albion manager on his attacking options, Paul Trollope's appointment and the threat posed by Fulham.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is pleased with his array of attacking options in the team heading into today’s match with Fulham at the Amex.
The Seagulls boss praised his forward players for their unselfish commitment to helping the team, but maintains an open mind regarding who leads the line this season.
Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock have started seven consecutive games together for the Seagulls, but Hughton believes progress can still be made, as Tomer Hemed waits on a starting berth.
He said, “With a partnership of [Glenn] Murray and [Sam] Baldock, you’re always looking for them to work off each other, but first and foremost, you ask them to work hard for the team.
“Last season we had Bobby [Zamora] here, who obviously did great for us, but the predominant ones were [Tomer] Hemed and Baldock.
“Elvis Manu is the one from the four strikers we have that hasn’t figured so much. But If I looked at the other three I think there are really good combinations, Tomer included.”
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Paul Trollope will accompany Hughton in the dugout for the first time today, and the Albion boss spoke of his new assistant’s previous role as Cardiff City manager.
“The reason he was given the job in the first place was because of the job he’d done as an assistant, they obviously saw him at that level and trusted him.
“It was a difficult time for him, where he dealt with a few injuries, and of course we all know this game is based on results. Owners of clubs are not prepared to wait [for success] like they used to.
“So it was tough on him, but he’s very resilient, and once one door closes, you have to look for the next best opportunity, and I’m delighted that he chose here.”
Fulham head into today’s game at the Amex three games unbeaten, and Hughton is well aware of their recent form and highlighted them as one of the league’s hardest opponents.
“It’s another home game and we seem to have a knack of playing teams that are in good form at the particular time that we play them.
“It was a tough game for them last weekend, they were up against a very good Sheffield Wednesday team that we obviously know very well.
“In recent weeks we’ve had to play Norwich and Aston Villa at home and they don’t come any tougher than that. However I’d also put Fulham in that same category.”
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