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HUGHTON ON: BIRMINGHAM

4 April 2017

The key talking points from the manager's pre-match press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton highlighted the importance of sticking to their strengths, looked at Gianfranco Zola’s opening spell in charge of Birmingham City, urged his players to remain patient during the game, and spoke about the key role substitutes can play in lifting the crowd.



Focused on consistency: ”That will be the message for everybody. It's been the message for the players, their thinking is that it’s just about us, looking after our own business and trying to get the results we can.

"But it's also trying not to do anything different to what we have all year. There's no need to change anything that we've done. That’s very much the message.

“If you want to achieve things, if you want to be where we've been consistently in the league, it's got to be very much on a solid foundation and knowing the quality you've got in the team."



Zola’s opening spell: ”I don't think it would be unfair to say that Gianfranco [Zola] would have wanted to get better in his time at the club.

"For whatever reason, as I'm not privy to what goes on there, all he can look to do is continue to build.

“For them, it's really about getting the stability they need from now until the end of the season and then going strong again next year.”

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Approach to Birmingham game: ”The best thing would be to score a couple of early goals, but we know that on most occasions this isn’t the case.

"We're up against a very good team. However long it takes to break them down, we need to be conscious of that (being patient).

“They’re a side that can score at any time, as Blackburn could have done as well. So we need to make sure we defend very well.”



Impact from the bench: ”Tomer is a very popular player, he's very enthusiastic and when you're bringing someone on, you want them to make an impact.

"He showed great enthusiasm when he came on, he wanted to do well, so I think substitutes can make a difference.

"Solly [March] came on as well and he's somebody that always lifts the crowd as well. That's what you hope your substitutes can do."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BIRMINGHAM CITY

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V WIGAN ATHLETIC

MONDAY 17TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 3PM



ALBION V BRISTOL CITY

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