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HUGHTON ON: PRESTON

13 January 2017

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


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about Kazenga LuaLua’s loan move to Queens Park Rangers, analysed the threat posed by Saturday’s opponents Preston North End, and paid tribute to the late Graham Taylor.



Team news: “We’re sure that he’ll miss Saturday [Sebastien Pocognoli] but we’re hopeful that he’ll be back for Sheffield Wednesday.

“Beram has been training with the first team for a while now and got his first 70 minutes in the cup game [v MK Dons], but for Liam [Rosenior] to get through 45 minutes was a big plus.

“We have another under-23 game here [at training ground] on Monday and hopefully he can have some involvement in that as well.

“Beram is closer because of the level of preparation they’ve had going into those two games, but you never know, both are experienced professionals and know their bodies very well."



LuaLua’s QPR loan move: “Kazenga’s [LuaLua] been unfortunate, he started last season very well and probably played as many 90-minute games as what he’d done in any period of time since being here.

“Then he was out for a good period of the season, which was a real shame, but it gives him an opportunity to kick start his fitness and games again.

“He’s been very good for us as a player and as an individual, and this will hopefully give him an opportunity to play regular games.

“For any player that goes on loan, it’s about doing a job for the team that they’ve gone to, but it’s also an opportunity for us to see him."      

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Preston test: “There are a couple of indicators with Preston; I thought they were very good against Arsenal and probably in the first-half period, should have been further ahead.

“Then, of course, our games against them in recent seasons have all been very tight, so we certainly know what to expect.

“They are a team that can change their formation; I think we know how they’ll play as a team, the endeavour they have, and they’re an incredibly hard-working team.

“They have a manager [Simon Grayson] who’s done very well in the period of time that he’s been there, since they were promoted, and we expect a very tough game."


Graham Taylor tribute: “I’m very shocked actually; Graham [Taylor] is someone I’ve spoken to on numerous occasions and, of course, played against his teams as a player.

“He’s very well respected as a football man, reached great levels and it’s come as a big surprise. I don’t know the circumstances, but my thoughts go out to his family.

“He was an incredible football man and I’m sure that over the next couple of days, we’ll be hearing lots more about his wonderful exploits in the game.

“He transformed Watford into the club that they are now. They very much honoured him with the stand, and he was a regular visitor to the stadium."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V CARDIFF CITY

TUESDAY 24TH JANUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V BURTON ALBION

SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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