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31 March 2017

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

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of the visit of Blackburn Rovers to the Amex, spoke about Albion’s busy schedule of games, assessed Tony Mowbray’s rejuvenated side, and looked at the club’s recent season-ticket sales.

Team news after international break: “At this moment, it’s probably just the two centre-halves, Connor [Goldson] and Shane [Duffy], that are out, and also Sam Adekugbe, who’s got a slight hamstring problem. Apart from that, we’re fully fit.

“With Seb [Pocognoli] and Gaetan [Bong], they’re the two natural left-backs that we’ve had, and they’ve both been out for a good period. But both have trained and they’re both available.

“From an injury point of view, it [international break] allowed us to get some good training. But we also used it for the ones that haven't played as much.

“We had some that went away on international duty, which was good. [Oliver] Norwood played in the win against Norway, Solly [March] and [Fikayo] Tomori both played as well, so we hope it’s been a good break for us."

Intense fixture list: “If we look at the next six games, there won't be much full-squad training. It’s going to be about playing games, recovering and making sure that for the ones that don’t play, we keep their levels up.

“We play Saturday-Tuesday-Friday and the turnaround is quick. We then do that in the next group of games as well, we play Friday-Monday-Friday.

“It’s going to be about the first one, because you can play all you want for the second, third or fourth game, but the most important one at this moment is Saturday’s game against Blackburn."

Blackburn's form: “It’s something we’ve got used to, teams coming to the Amex in good form. Sometimes you can get a change of manager and things don’t change too much, but sometimes they do.

“They’ve had a new manager come in [Tony Mowbray] and there’s been a reaction. But even under Owen [Coyle], I thought they were a side that were always in tight games.

“Their form has certainly been very good. From the games that we’ve watched on video, their performance levels have been really good, so I’m sure it will be a tough game."

Season-ticket sales: “It’s testament to what the players have produced. The fact that we’ve spent a very big chunk of the last two seasons in the top four places in this division, it’s shown the levels that the players have reached.

“It’s very much a show of appreciation from the supporters, they’ve liked what they’ve seen. But this club does it very well, it tries to provide a very good service for the supporters.

“We saw that with the train strikes and the lengths the club went to in order to get the supporters to the stadium. So I think it’s a combination of all that.

“But of course, with being where we’ve been in the division over the last couple of seasons, that certainly helps."

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