The key talking points from the manager's press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton gave an update on Solly March’s progress, discussed the importance of Saturday’s high-profile game at the Amex, highlighted the threat posed by the Canaries, and analysed Albion’s options in central midfield.
March close to return: “Solly [March] is off the back of two [under-23] performances now, so he’s pushing, which is really good.
“There’s no doubt that when he picked up the injury he was probably in his best form, certainly from what I’d seen, so it was a real blow.
“But these things happen, he’s made a good recovery and been around for a while now. He had that little setback, but before these last two games he’d already played a couple [of matches].
“It’s a boost for the squad, but more importantly, when somebody’s coming back from an injury, you’re pleased for them because it’s tough being out for a long period of time.
“I’m delighted for Solly, he’s very close and I’ll have a decision to make on whether to put him in the squad for Saturday.”
Highly-anticipated fixtures: “When we played up at Newcastle earlier in the season, it was a massive game, we took a wonderful crowd up there, and then there’s also the game at Sheffield Wednesday.
“There always is [more pressure] when you’re playing a team that’s around you, because everybody knows what’s at stake.
“It’s also about points that the opposition don’t get, but is there any difference in a game away at Wigan and a home game against Norwich? Well, points-wise there’s no difference.
“But of course, when it’s a team that’s close to you, it’s also about making sure they don’t get the points.”
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Norwich threat: “They’ve certainly got quality and they’ve been able to keep hold of that in this division, which makes them very strong.
“Wes Hoolahan was a big player in my time there and he continues to be a big influence, and seems to get better with age.
“They have a really good offensive threat, Josh and Jacob Murphy were two young aspiring players during my time there, and it’s good to see their development over the last few seasons.
[Cameron] Jerome knows this division very well and is prolific at this level, so they have a lot of threats and that’s why they're the side they are.”
Midfield competition: “What we’ve had in recent games is [Steve] Sidwell and [Oliver] Norwood performing at a good level.
“When I brought those two players in this summer, what I wanted was strong competition in central midfield.
“I see really good combinations and don’t see one that plays particularly better with another, but we’re probably speaking in that way because Dale [Stephens] and Beram [Kayal] played most of last season together.
“But in Sidwell and Norwood, we’ve got two competitive players and it gives me really good options in that position.”
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