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6 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 their trip to Loftus Road, gave an update on Connor Goldson after the defender underwent heart surgery, spoke about Ian Holloway’s impact at Queens Park Rangers, and discussed the midweek results in the Sky Bet Championship.

Team news:
“He’s [Lewis Dunk] okay. He was in for training this morning, so we expect him to be fine. They’re all okay as well [Sebastien Pocognoli and Liam Rosenior].

“Sam’s [Baldock] the only one that we’ll make a decision on. The likelihood is that he’ll be back for the next game, but as with anyone, we don’t like to rule them out.

“Particularly with Sam, who hasn’t been out for a long period of time. It’s always about the risk elements, but we’ll see. He will be touch and go.

“He’s [Shane Duffy] making progress. As each day and week goes past, it’s a little bit closer for him. But generally, right the way through that progress, we’ll have updates from the specialist and make sure the healing process is going well.”

Goldson’s heart surgery: “It went very well. He’s now out of hospital and we’re hoping to see him in the next few days. We’re delighted with how it’s gone and look forward to seeing him back in as soon as possible.

“There’s always going to be apprehension before an operation, because they’re always very big operations. But it’s normal that once that’s completed, there’s a different feel.

“As each day goes past and he begins to feel better, then of course he’ll become more optimistic and will look forward to getting back.”

Ian Holloway’s influence: “QPR are a good side. They’re a changed team during Ian’s [Holloway] time there after a difficult start, but I think the team know what he wants from them.

“He’s very enthusiastic and I think that period of time working for Sky gave him that nice break away from the day-to-day pressures of management.

“He looks like he’s really enjoying it again. They’re playing some good football, and in the way that I think Ian wants to play.

“I know they’ve had a couple of difficult games away from home, but they’ll be delighted to get back home again.”

Watching the opposition: “As the season’s gone on, the focus has very much been on us, so I don’t tend to watch other games, unless it’s a team that we’re going to be playing.

“I watched a chunk of the Huddersfield game last night and, of course, it was a big football night, so it’s very difficult to avoid it.

“They were on the back of a couple of defeats and it was a difficult time for them, which we’ve all been through, but good sides bounce back from that.

“They bounced back against a top team, and it was a fairly emphatic win in the end. It was a big reminder that the competition round us is fierce and strong.”

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