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HUGHTON ON: IPSWICH

13 February 2017

The key talking points from the manager's press conference.


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton gave an update on  Liam Rosenior's fitness, highlighted the narrow nature of previous games against Ipswich Town, discussed the importance of winning at the Amex, and analysed the pros and cons of Albion’s busy fixture list.



Rosenior update: “Liam’s [Rosenior] playing in the under-23 game tonight. He’s getting better with every week. This will be his fourth game, his second 90 minutes and he’s getting very, very close.

“He’ll be important on two counts. Firstly, his ability is the most important thing and he’s a player that whenever he’s played for us, he’s played well.

“He’s versatile, can play in any one of three positions in which we’ve used him, but he’s also a very good individual around the place.

“He’s an experienced player and even when he’s been injured, he’s used his experience really well within the squad.”



Dangerous Ipswich: “Ipswich are always a threat. They went through a difficult period, but they’ve got a manager that I know very, very well and whenever he’s called upon to turn things around, he can do.

“In my time here, we’ve never had a comfortable game against Ipswich and they’re on the back of a very good victory against Aston Villa.

"They’ll be coming into the game in good form with good confidence, so we’ll certainly have to be aware of that.”

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Home form: “The fact that we win more games at home than away is just normal. It would be the same for most teams, even though you might get the occasional side that strive more playing away from home.

“You’ve got to win them [home games]. The atmosphere has got better and better during my time here at the Amex, and I think that helps.

“There’s no doubt that over the last season and this season, we’ve been a good side. I think if you’re a good side playing at home, that certainly gives you an edge.”


Busy schedule: “It’s always a good thing if you get the right results. It’s such an emotional game, that if you get the right results, would you prefer them to come quicker? or would you want more time to prepare?

“The reality is that we always have to work around what the situation is. We play a lot of games in this division and at times you don’t get the preparation time that you would really like.

“It’s the same for everybody, but it’s certainly better when you’re off the back of a win.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V IPSWICH TOWN

TUESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V READING

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 5.30PM



ALBION V NEWCASTLE UNITED

TUESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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