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HUGHTON ON: WOLVES

18 October 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, praised Sam Baldock for his overall contribution, highlighted the desire to return to winning ways, and analysed Tuesday’s night’s visitors to the Amex.



Team News: “He’ll [Tomer Hemed] be a late one, we’ll see how he is and review him in the morning.
 
“He’ll have a fitness test and if he comes through that, then great, but if not, then we’re confident he’ll be available for Saturday.
 
“He’ll be touch and go for the game. I don’t think we can afford to risk him, and we’ll always go on the views of the medical staff.
 
“He [Solly March] had a very good period in his rehab, came back and played a couple of games, but then had a little bit of a lapse, although it’s not like we’re having to start again with him.
 
“We’re hoping that after these two games [under-23] and maybe another one, we’ll be able to take him back into the first team and have him available as soon as possible.”



Baldock’s team play: “He’s [Sam Baldock] somebody that always puts in a really good effort for the team, and probably over the period that I’ve been here, he’s the one that’s had more responsibly to drop in, because of the type of player he is.
 
“But when he’s in good form, he’s a threat. He’s a good runner who’s willing to stretch teams, and I think he earned the right to score both of his recent goals.
 
“He’s a good team player, and we have to remember he scored a lot of goals at his previous clubs. It’s been a little bit tougher here, picking up a few injuries, but you always know he’s a very good team player.
 
“But also, if you get him into the right areas, he can certainly score goals."

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Bouncing back from disappointment: “When you concede so late in the game, it definitely feels like a defeat, as opposed to a draw. If we’re 2-1 down and score late in the game ourselves, then the feeling is a lot different.
 
“These things can happen, but it’s about how you respond after that, and it won’t be the first time that we’ve had to pick ourselves up from what felt like a defeat, or a disappointment.
 
“You don’t really look to the end of the season, but you think about resolving it now. It does have an impact on the next game, because if we win tonight, four points out of six ends up not being such a bad return.”



Change at Wolves: “They’ve brought in a lot of players in the summer, and sometimes it takes a little bit longer for them to integrate into the side, but I think he’s [Walter Zenga] done very well there.
 
“I don’t know him as an individual or the way that he works, but I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Generally it’s been a 4-3-3 shape, and they’ve got a lot of energy going forward.
 
“They went to Villa [1-1] and put in a good performance, so if we give them opportunities, then they’re very capable of doing it again.”

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