The key talking points from the Albion manager’s press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Tuesday night’s game, praised the quick rescheduling of last month’s postponed fixture, spoke highly of Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock, and explained the importance of not getting carried away.
Team news: “Liam Rosenior is playing for the under-23s today [Monday], Gaetan Bong will miss out again, and obviously we’re waiting on Glenn Murray’s situation, but apart from that, we’re okay.
“Bruno trained yesterday [Sunday] and we’re expecting him to train today, and hopefully if he comes through that, he should be fine.
“Sam Baldock will also train today and we’ll assess him afterwards to see how well he’s done.”
Rescheduled fixture: “That would have been nice [playing Cardiff last month], and when I saw the fog this morning, there were a few nervous signs, but hopefully it won’t continue tomorrow.
“Credit to the league and both clubs, that we’ve managed to get this game in fairly early because you never know what’s going to happen.
“We go through a period over the next couple of months where there’s a lot of games and, of course, we’re still in the FA Cup as well.
“Testament to all concerned, we’ve managed to get this game rescheduled really early, so I think that’s a real bonus.”
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Cardiff test: “Neil Warnock’s done the job that he always does and that’s why he is where he is. He’s still managing at a ripe, old age because of the enthusiasm that he’s got.
“He probably knows the league better than anybody and he’s done well in it for as long as anybody could remember.
“We’re expecting a very tough game and they’re on the back of two very good wins, so they’ll be in good form as well.”
Staying focused: “The easiest way [to remain grounded] is to look at the board in my office which shows the fixtures we’ve got over the next couple of months.
“It’s a board that’s full, we have so many weeks of three games in a week, and any bad week can make a big difference to the league table.
“They’re the things that bring you back down to basics, there are so many games that you have to concentrate on, and I know it’s a cliche, but there isn’t a truer one, it’s always about the next game.
“If we don’t get a good result against Cardiff, you then look back at the last game and look at the balances, so it’s always important that you concentrate on the next one.”
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