The key talking points from the manager's press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton discussed the club’s latest injury news, spoke of the division’s latest managerial arrivals, looked at Saturday’s opponents Preston North End, and touched upon Albion’s recent away results.
Injury update: “Beram [Kayal] is probably the only negative at the moment. He’s ended up having a small operation on his ankle, because it was determined he had a slight fracture.
“The decision was to do a procedure on it, and now he’ll be out for a period of time, which is a big blow for us.
“But the procedure was the best thing for him, and we’re hoping to have him back at some stage in December.
“Solly March will play in the under-23 game on Monday, Richie Towell will be training with them on Saturday, and Kazenga [LuaLua] is very close and we hope he’ll join in at some stage next week.
“Oliver Norwood and Steve Sidwell played very well at Sheffield Wednesday, so we have good competition at the moment and certainly with the players coming back, that will add to it.”
New Championship managers: “The turnaround [of managers] in the Championship has been quite vast over the last few seasons, and I think that’s a consequence of a real desire to do well in this division, so it’s not much of a surprise.
“There are some top managers in the Championship at this moment, and of course, the three new ones are top managers as well.
“One thing about this division is that you can go through a period of three or four weeks where there are games on both Saturday and midweek, so in particular weeks, there are nine points at stake.
“Derby and Villa have two squads that should be challenging, and that’s what their aspirations would have been, so I’d imagine both teams will be pushing to get promotion now.”
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Test from Preston: “Sometimes we don’t look back at games from previous seasons, but if you look at our two games from last season [both 0-0], I think it shows a reflection of how we feel about them.
“They’re a good side and have coped with the Championship really well. They had a really good season last year and were very difficult to play against.
“They’re a hard-working side and have a structure that is sometimes very hard to break down, but they’ve also got a lot of quality in the team.
“We don’t need anybody to tell us it’s going to be a tough game.”
Building on away form: “Hopefully we can capitalise on our last two away games. A return of four points from Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday is a good, but we have to capitalise by doing well in our home games.
“We have to make sure we put in the same type of effort and desire, and hopefully that will allow us to get the result we want.”
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