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 Saturday’s FA Cup game, discussed the way his players will prepare for the fourth round tie, praised Lincoln under Danny Cowley’s guidance, and highlighted the importance of continuing Albion’s positive run of form.
Team News: “Probably the ones that will miss out at the weekend are Gaetan Bong, who has been out for three games now, Bruno and Sam Baldock, who have missed the last couple of games, but they’re both making really good progress.
“At the moment we’re still making decisions on Liam [Rosenior], he’s made good progress, but he’d be the first to admit that it’s been a little bit slower than what we’d have liked.
“But the end product is the one that we’re working hard to get to. There’s probably been a few hurdles that he’s had to get over on the way, but he’s back playing games.
“We’ll make some decisions on Liam over this initial period, but it’s good to see him back in training. He’s improving but probably not at the pace that he would like.”
Preparing for the game: “It has to be exactly the same as if it was a Championship game [preparation]. Preston was our last away game, which we didn’t do so well in, so we know what can happen.
“If we needed an example of what can happen, and how good Lincoln can be, most of our focus has been on that Ipswich game.
“In both the games against them, home and away, they were very good. So we know how tough the game can possibly be and we have to make sure that we do the best that we can.”
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Danny Cowley’s Lincoln impact: “It’s a wonderful story and he’s done a great job. The Ipswich game was one story and playing us on Saturday is another one, but the bigger story is where they are in the league.
“They’re a team that were in the Football League for many years and then dropped out, but he’s given them a really good opportunity to get back in.
“If they’re able to achieve promotion, then that would be a bigger story than the FA Cup, because that’s about the club and their stability.”
Maintaining momentum: “It’s vastly important, momentum being the big word, there’s always a feel-good factor when you’ve won a game going into the next one.
“We’ll certainly go into the game on the back of a good feeling, because irrespective of what team I play, we’re on the back of a good performance and result in midweek.
“We’re doing well as a team at the moment, so I’m looking forward to it. But it’s probably fair to say that there’s more pressure on us than there is on them.”