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HUGHTON PLEASED WITH STRIKING OPTIONS

14 February 2017

The Albion boss expressed his delight at his selection of forwards.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is happy to be spoilt for choice in the forward areas, and is delighted that Tomer Hemed, Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray are all in good goalscoring form.
 
The Albion boss was able to rotate his strike force against Burton Albion, as Murray and Chuba Akpom came on for Hemed and Baldock, and Hughton is pleased to have a few selection headaches upfront.
 
He said, “There have been times in the season, and that goes for every team, that you don’t have the options and choices that we’ve got at this particular moment.
 
“If you look at the last couple of games, where Glenn and Tomer have both come off the bench and scored, it’s given us really good options.
 
“Sam Baldock is also back now, and they’re the type of options that you want in the forward areas. Ultimately, it’s about trying to keep clean sheets, but to win games, you’ve got to score goals.”
 
The Tractor Boys arrive on the south coast off the back of an impressive 1-0 victory over Aston Villa, a result which ended their unbeaten home record, and Hughton praised manager Mick McCarthy for the job he’s done at Portman Road.
 
“I know Mick very well. When you look at their resources compared to what other clubs have in this division, he’s done an outstanding job.
 
“Mick gets the best out of his teams. He had a difficult period a little while ago and probably one thing is guaranteed with him, if he has a difficult time at some stage, he’ll turn that around into a better period.
 
“To get that result at Villa - irrespective of where Villa are at this moment, they’re still a top team in this division - it shows you’ve got a fair bit of quality in the team.”

Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale will be looking to record his 16th clean sheet of the season this evening, and Hughton commended the shot-stopper for his valuable contribution in recent times.

“He’s been excellent right thought this period, last season and this season, and particularly at a time where we’ve gone through a lot of games with clean sheets.
 
“We try to be a compact side, and probably in some of the games where he hasn’t had much to do, or had too many saves to make, he’s generally pulled out the important saves.
 
“We’ve needed him, he’s made three excellent penalty saves, all at vital times that have allowed us to go and get results in those games. He’s been a big player for us.”

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