The key talking points from the manager's press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Thursday’s game at Huddersfield Town, praised the Terriers for their impressive form this season, expressed his satisfaction at securing the services of Glenn Murray, and assessed his forward options after the addition of Chuba Akpom.
Team News: “Bruno is definitely fine, Sam [Baldock] is close and the decisions we’ll have to make on him, is that we play Thursday and Sunday, so it’s about how quickly we push him.
“Gaetan [Bong] will miss out again, he’s not been training with the team but he’s been outside with the medical department for the last two days, and I anticipate that he’ll be up to speed after a short period of time.
“It’s a shoulder injury [Niki Maenpaa] but it’s certainly not as bad as what we thought it could have been, so it will certainly be a period of weeks, as opposed to months.”
Huddersfield challenge: “They’re a very good side and you could see them building from last season, the manager went in and certainly instilled his philosophy of how he wants the team to play.
“But I think the real changing point was in the summer, when I think they recruited very well. They started the season well, had a little dip but then showed the character in the team to come again.
“They’ve got a very good squad and way of playing, and I certainly expect them to be right up there come the end of the season.”
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Securing Murray: “It was important for Glenn [Murray] and the club. He’s come in and done very well for us, so we knew as a club that we’d like that to continue and have the opportunity to keep him here.
“It settles everybody down, we’ve got him for this period of time now, and more importantly, Glenn, who showed a great desire to come here, also showed a great desire to stay here.
“He’s a player that, we know because of his record, would have had a lot of offers come the end of the season, so we were fortunate that it was a loan move that couldn’t be broken.”
Forward options: “In Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock, we’ve got different types of strikers. We’ve played two upfront for the majority of the season, so it’s an area that we needed to make sure we’ve got good options.
“He [Chuba Akpom] certainly fits that category. He had the benefit of going out on loan to Hull last season, so I think he’ll come here in good stead from that.
“He’s had a good footballing upbringing at a top club. He’s a player of promise at a young age, so I think it’s a really exciting one for us.
“With all due respect to where he’s been playing at under-23 level, our level is more competitive and that’s where he wants to be.”
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