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HUGHTON ON: WATFORD

25 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton confirmed new signing Jose Izquierdo would be involved in Saturday’s squad, discussed the competitive nature of the transfer market, analysed Watford’s fine start to their Premier League season, and highlighted the importance of showing more creative flair.



Jose Izquierdo: “He’s available and will be involved in the squad for the weekend. We felt he would benefit from a week’s training with us, because although he’s had a good pre-season, he’s relatively short on match practice.

“He’s another one that will give us pace on the flanks and somebody that’s also played up front and off the front; but he’s predominantly played in the wide areas, and he’ll give us the pace that will hopefully stretch games.

“We’ve spoken about what he can give us on the football pitch, and he’s certainly someone that has come in and got on with the other players straight away.

“He’s got a very good personality. We had him here for a period of time before the work permit was agreed, so it seems like he’s been around for a little while now.”

Transfer window: “We’ve chosen to get promoted at the time where transfer fees have gone through the roof. That’s right through the difficult scales; we can talk about really big players but that’s crept everything else up.

“Our chairman [Tony Bloom] has been excellent in identifying that. We want to be in this division next season and we’ve got to give ourselves every possible opportunity.

“We’re still working very hard and want to strength the squad, so it can be the very best that it can come the end of the [transfer] window.

“I’d be no different to any other manager in any other division; once that window closes, it’s a sigh of relief and it allows you to 100 per cent concentrate on what’s important, which is winning games.”



Watford test: “In their game at home to Liverpool, they certainly deserved a result from that. They were also very good away at Bournemouth.

“They sensed they could get a result at Bournemouth. They’ve got very good options in the offensive areas and they’re not the type of side that will sit back and look to draw out a result.

“They’re a very adventurous team; they’re at home and it’s a game that they want to win, which makes it a difficult proposition.

“Every game for us is going to be difficult, so we’ve got to show the qualities we showed at Leicester and eliminate the poor goals that we conceded.”

Offensive spark: “Arguably, there are things we would have got away with last season that will be tougher now. At this level, the quality of finishing and difference in creative ability is what wins you games.

“We can finish this season happy with what we’ve done defensively, but it’s what we’re able to do offensively that will get us to where we want to be this season.

“We have to do more offensively to win games. We’re playing in the very best league now and we have another 36 games to get the points we want.”


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