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28 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 delivered the team news ahead of Saturday’s game at the Amex, spoke about stabilising in the Premier League, commented on Bristol City’s faith in manager Lee Johnson, and looked at Albion’s opportunity to win the Sky Bet Championship.

Team News:
“He’s going to train today [Sam Baldock] and that’s his first training session that he’s had in a little while, even though he’s got to a good level in his rehab. We’ll assess him.

“Apart from the obvious, which is Shane [Duffy] and Connor [Goldson], everybody is fit. He hasn’t trained yet [Duffy], he’s been out for a period of time, so I don’t see him being involved.

“We’ve got the all clear, healing has been very good and I suppose from Shane’s point of view, his next target will be the international games he’s got.

“It’s been very positive [Goldson’s recovery] and everything we’ve got back from his progress has been very good. We anticipate him building his fitness up now, having a break in the summer and coming back ready for next season.”

Taking inspiration from others: “Stoke are now eight or nine years into Premier League stability as such, and I think there would be comparisons [with Brighton].

“Steve Sidwell is level-headed enough to see those comparisons, especially considering he’s played at both clubs.

“But there are other good examples, with what Bournemouth and Burnley have achieved over these last couple of seasons. They’re very good examples for us as well.

“West Brom are a regular fixture in the Premier League now. You have to look for those examples, learn what you can from that level of club and those that have already done it.”

Lee Johnson at Bristol City: “I’ve enjoyed being in his company. He wants to play the game in a certain way and he’s one that’s gone in at the deep end.

“Bristol City is his club now, but he did some really good work beforehand to enable him to get to that level.

“Bristol City are a big club, it’s a big city and they have a fabulous stadium. They’re one of those clubs that are preparing themselves for better things.

“For a young manager, he’s had a good apprenticeship. He’s also got the experience of it being very much in the family. But it’s about results and they’ll look for next season to be a better season.”

Chance to win the league: “I would rather we went into the game having already won the title, but to be able to do it with two games to go has certainly surpassed our expectations.

“Along the way there are moments, and at some stage those moments will finish, meaning we’ll get through this season and then it will all be about preparing for next season.

“But we wouldn’t want it any other way, we have two games left and we want them to be important.

“I don’t want the challenges to stop, but I’m very conscious of what Saturday means and I’m very hopeful that we can put in the type of performance to get the points.”

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