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HUGHTON ON: WIGAN

21 October 2016

The key talking points from the Albion manager’s press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised Bruno for his impressive appearance record, assessed his options in central defence, analysed the strong competition in the Sky Bet Championship, and looked at Wigan’s start to the season.



Bruno’s influence: “We think he’ll be fine. Bruno’s been around for a while and he’s experienced, so we’re thinking it’s just a bit of fatigue but we’re very confident that he’ll be okay [v Wigan].
 
“He’s an excellent professional; for any young lad coming here, watching how he looks after himself, how he conducts himself and the level that he plays at, he’s a big inspiration.
 
“He’s only able to do that [play many consecutive games] because of the quality of player he is, it’s all right being available for a long period of games, but if you play them, it’s because you have the quality to do so.”



Replacing the suspended Lewis Dunk: “He’s [Lewis Dunk] been excellent for us, but that’s why we invested in Shane [Duffy] this summer, and at this moment, that gives us four really good level centre-halves who are all pushing competition wise.
 
“Certainly in Connor [Goldson] and Uwe [Huenemeier], we’ve got two centre-halves who’ve played numerous games and have both been pushing to play [this season].
 
“It’s tough for any centre-half, it does tend to be a position that when things are going well defensively, you don’t really change things too much.
 
“So I wouldn’t be saying anything untrue if I said it’s been tough for him [Connor Goldson], but that’s the nature of the game.
 
“It will be a good opportunity for whoever plays."

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Competition at the top: “With Norwich and Newcastle, they’re two of the strong favourites to get automatic promotion, and that’s the way it probably is in most people’s eyes.
 
“Norwich have the knowhow and the team to be able to do it, and Newcastle have arguably the strongest squad that this division has ever seen.
 
“But in Derby and Villa, you’ve got two teams that haven’t started so well, but I’m very, very sure they’ll have a big say.
 
“We’ve got to make sure that with every game we play, we see it as an opportunity to stay up there and also create distance between us and the teams outside the top six.”



Wigan’s slow start: “They have a system of playing that I don’t think they’ll change. Since Gary [Caldwell] went in, they’ve played quite an expansive game and they’ve been resolute.
 
“They’ve picked up some good results, and for a team that have just come up, sometimes it takes that little bit longer [to settle].
 
“They’ve bought some new players in this summer, and overall they’d be quite happy, certainly with their form of late.
 
“So I think they’re in a decent place at the moment, hence why it makes it a very tough game on Saturday.”

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