The key points from the manager's press conference.
At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news, spoke about the departures of Elvis Manu and Jake Forster-Caskey, assessed the threat posed by MK Dons and spoke about using the squad.
Team news: “Beram [Kayal] will play, Liam [Rosenior] hasn’t done enough days training yet, but he’s back training with the group. Seb [Pocognoli] will miss out again, which is a bit of a blow but is one of those where we certainly have to make sure he’s right. It’s not the right decision at the moment, but Beram is fit and will play.”
Manu’s departure: “One thing I have to say about Elvis is that he’s conducted himself very well here, but he’s struggled to get the game time he needs.
“He’s a young player who’s been with us for a year-and-a-half, and had a loan spell at Huddersfield, where he perhaps didn’t get the game time he would’ve liked.
“It’s certainly a deal that works well both ways. It gives him an opportunity to play regular games, and he’s still our player, so it gives us a chance to watch him and see how he’s doing.”
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Forster-Caskey’s departure: “He’s a young lad who wants to play. He’s a fit lad and somebody that in my initial period here, was used to playing. We certainly wish him well; he’s a local lad who's come through the system here, but sometimes these things happen.
“You have to work towards that happy medium where we could keep him very much as a squad player, but he’s somebody that wants to play, and it’s one that works both ways.”
MK Dons test: “It will be a tough challenge. Before the draw was made, you want a home tie, and if possible, you want a home tie against a team that’s not in your division.
“As soon as the tie was drawn, I knew it would be a tough game. They’re a good side and one that has been used to being in this division.
“MK Dons are playing against a team one league higher up than they are, so they will raise their game. I don’t expect anything other than a very tough game.”
Using the squad: “We will most definitely use the squad and it’s quite difficult to sit here and speak about the values of the FA Cup and my feelings on it, when some people will say ‘why are you making changes then?’
"It’s the way the game is these days. I think we’ve got a very competitive squad, and it’s very much an opportunity to use it.
“But it is a competition we want to go through in because of the nature and history of it.
“I will make changes and at the moment, with the squad we’ve got, I’m able to do that.”
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