The key talking points from the Albion manager’s press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton showed his support towards Connor Goldson, praised Burton Albion for their efforts this season, discussed the strength of the Sky Bet Championship, and spoke about getting players back up to speed after injury.
Support for Goldson: “It was a big shock for us. Anything like that in football is always a shock, but very quickly, once we’d heard the news, our thoughts were very much on Connor.
“He’s been brilliant for us, on and off the pitch. What we were able to do, was find that out very quickly after the tests we do at the club, which all the players do.
“The fact that it’s been found is the most significant thing, and now it’s about the process of him having a procedure and recovering from that.
“But it’s very much about Connor, not so much about the club, and he’ll get great treatment and support. We’re looking forward to seeing him back as soon as possible.”
Praise for Burton: “They’ve been outstanding. I know where they are in the league table, but what you have to take into consideration is where they’ve been in previous seasons.
“The fact that they’ve just got promoted, the budget that they have, the ground and facilities, you have to take all of that into consideration when you’re looking at a job that somebody’s done [Nigel Clough].
“I expect them to be that way right through until the end of the season, but when you’re a side that’s just been promoted, with the budgets that they have, it’s always going to be a tough season.”
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Championship strength: “The level of competition is greater this season. No disrespect to the teams mentioned, but the group of teams at the top this season have certainly been helped by some big teams that started the season slowly.
“If you look at the form of the teams up there, I think Reading have been excellent all season, Huddersfield and Barnsley, they’re three teams that have grasped that opportunity.
“There’s more competition this year and I expect that right through until the end of the season.”
Players returning from injury: “What you can do is train them as hard as possible and try to get their levels up, and even in their rehab, try to replicate what the players would go through on a tough training day.
“But of course, there’s no substitution for games. Certainly for players that are playing regularly, that competitive level is always there.
“Sometimes a player can come back from a long-term injury with the enthusiasm, drive and everything, reach good levels but then take a little bit of a dip.
“There’s difficulties with players coming straight back in, but it’s a process that everyone has to go through.”
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