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HUGHTON ON: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

8 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton met the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town.

He discussed their opponents at the John Smith's Stadium, Albion's away form, Izzy Brown returning to his former club and more.

HUDDERSFIELD

"They’ve adapted well and you can see their progression over the last few seasons. They had to overcome a difficult period last season, they went on a poor run by their standards but their quality meant they overcame that and finished the season strongly.

"They’ve recruited really well over the last few windows and have good numbers and a quality squad – it’s one we know well because of our encounters last season. I think they’ve adapted well, like ourselves, to the top flight."

GOOD FORM ON THE ROAD

"I hope we’ve evolved to be better than the last time we went there. One area I’ve been delighted with so far this season is our away performances – and they bring about good results, which we’ve managed to achieve so far this season.

"That will need to be the case on Saturday because they’re a side who have been very solid at home.  They’ve got a vocal crowd and we will have to make sure we can put in a performance."

IZZY BROWN

"He’ll be very grateful for what Huddersfield gave him last season. He’s a player that had a couple of other loan periods before but there’s no doubt the one at Huddersfield really developed him and he did very well for them. 

"He’ll want to do well wherever he plays, he’s started this season well and he’s worked hard and trained very well and he just wants to play every week."

CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

"There’s nothing new apart from Steve Sidwell who everyone knows about – we’ve been very fortunate in recent weeks in that we haven’t picked up many fresh injures. 

"It’s a position we can hopefully stay in because we’ve got a busy period coming up with a lot of matches - so we’re going to need the whole squad."

BOUNCING BACK FROM DEFEAT

"It’s about reacting to difficult days because nobody likes to lose. The Liverpool result and performance was something we haven’t been involved in too much so far this season.

"But one thing it does do is reiterate to the players that if you make mistakes, teams like that will really capitalise on the."

"On the day they had six shots on target and scored five goals and that demonstrates how clinical the top teams can be - but we’ll learn from that without a doubt and they’ve trained really well this week."


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