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13 April 2017

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

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton congratulated winger Anthony Knockaert on his EFL Championship Player of the Season award, discussed the importance of keeping promotion in Albion’s hands and looked at Friday’s opposition Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Knockaert’s Award: “I’m delighted for him. Anthony would be the first one to speak about the impact the team have had on him, but the award [EFL Championship Player of the Season] is very much about the impact that he’s had on the team.

“It’s very much a team effort, but what he has given us is goals and assists from that position [right wing]. It’s a wonderful achievement and one that he deserves.

“We were fortunate that we got him at a good time. We knew his pedigree and that he knew the English game from his three years at Leicester.

“He went to Belgium and was very keen to come back when we signed him. That was a good starting point, but certainly in the period of time that he’s been here, we’ve seen an improvement in him."

Taking control: “The only way that we have to see it, is to win as many games as we can over the last five games, with the first one starting tomorrow [v Wolves].

“We don’t know what the results will be [elsewhere]. It would be nice to look forward and know what our fate’s going to be, but we don’t know.

“Everybody is capable of winning and losing games, and that’s us included. We need to win as many games over this five-game period as we can, to make sure we put it in our own hands.

“We don’t want to rely on other fixtures and results, and that’s the best way to approach it."

Wolves test: “They had a blip last time out [v Bristol City], but we’re expecting a very tough game there. They’re a good side and have a lot of pace, particularly in that forward area.

“There’s a lot of mobility and they can score goals. They’ll really test us and we’ll certainly have to play at a high level to get a result.

“Paul [Lambert] has taken over at a time where they’ll go from strength to strength. I know Paul relatively well and obviously followed him at Norwich, where he did an outstanding job.

“He plays a brand of football which is quite attacking, and if I look at the team he’s got, there’s a lot of mobility and pace. It’s a very big club with a big history, and I wish him all the best."

Dealing with emotions: “We can’t have an effect on the expectation levels, but what we have done is put ourselves in a good position that we’re delighted to be in.

“But we can’t affect any talk around apprehensions or excitement. The only thing we can affect is what we do as a group of players.

“The big leveller is always the game; the feelgood factor of winning a game and the real disappointment of losing a game.

“They’re the only emotions that we’re having to deal with. We’ve spoke about where we want to be all season, but we haven’t spoken about any prospect of actually being there."

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