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HUGHTON HAPPY TO STRENGTHEN FORWARD OPTIONS

2 February 2017

The Albion boss welcomed the club's additions upfront.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton was delighted to bolster his forward options before the January transfer window shut, ahead of this evening’s game against Huddersfield Town.
 
The Seagulls secured the services of Glenn Murray on a permanent deal from AFC Bournemouth, and brought in Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom on loan, and Hughton backed the young forward to settle in quickly.
 
He said, “We knew it was going to be minimal. With Elvis Manu going, we knew that was an area that we wanted to cover with either an out-and-out striker or one that plays off the front.
 
“He’s [Chuba Akpom] coming into a good environment and a good team that’s motivated at this moment, so he’ll need to fit into that as quickly as possible, like others have done already.
 
“It’s tough to score goals in this division, and there are a lot of players that find that hard, but his general contribution is more important for us.
 
“If we can provide him with the ammunition and his general contribution is good enough, he’s certainly someone that can score goals.”

Albion captain Bruno could return to the starting line-up at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Sebastien Pocognoli on the other flank, and Hughton analysed his options in the full-back positions.

“We brought Seb [Sebastien Pocognoli] in, knowing that he’d missed a lot of football, but we knew his levels, and he’s a very good level of player.
 
“I’ve been really delighted with Seb, and certainly when Gaetan’s [Bong] back, it’s really good competition and options that I’ve got at left-back.”
 
“As in all positions, what I’d like to think is that if they were both fit and here at the start of the season, they’d have both been competing.
 
“Probably the same with Liam [Rosenior], he started the season at right back, with Bruno at centre-half, and if he’d been fit all season, it would have been a really good option."
 
Albion can strengthen their position at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship with victory over the Terriers this evening, and Hughton backed his players to maintain their focus going into a busy month ahead.
 
“We’re confident that we can go into any period and give our best. You go into each game knowing that you can lose if you don’t play well, but fortunately for us, we’ve played well more often than not.
 
“The players always have to be on their toes, because if your form is below par, certainly in such a hectic period, you can lose games.
 
“One thing I’m sure of is that the players, as they always do, will endeavour to do their best in every game, and so far it’s held us in good stead."

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