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HUGHTON ON: FOREST

3 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 latest team news, spoke about moving on from their defeat to Newcastle United, highlighted what manager Gary Brazil can offer Nottingham Forest, and assessed the threat of opposing striker Britt Assombalonga.



Team News: “Seb [Pocognoli] felt his groin very slightly [against Newcastle], so that will probably see him missing Saturday’s game. The good news is that he has a chance, and it’s not too bad.

“We brought [Fikayo] Tomori, but we now have [Liam] Rosenior back in the squad which is a fair boost for us.

“He played another under-23 game on Monday and has played a few games. We’ve been waiting to get through a few hurdles with him, but I’m delighted to see him back in the squad.

“These are always the times that are going to test you a little bit. If I look at the squad we’ve got, we are able to manoeuvre positions because sometimes you’ll get more injuries in one position than others."



Moving on from defeat: “After most games we try and close the game down, perhaps look at the areas in which we could have done better.

“Certainly for this group, it’s about the disappointment of dropping from first place to second.

“It shows how far they’ve come as a group of lads, that they’ve come away bitterly disappointed from a game where we’ve lost top spot.

“We’ve certainly made progress this season and have generally been able to bounce back when things haven’t gone so well."

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Gary Brazil's impact: “It’s challenging surroundings, but I’ve known Gary [Brazil] for many years and he’s a very good person in football.

“It’s not the first time that he’s had to do it. I’m sure the lads there will enjoy playing for him, and what he has done is bring a few of the young lads through.

“He’s got a pair of very safe hands and he’s somebody that knows the club very well."


Assombalonga danger: “He’ll [Britt Assombalonga] always pose a threat. One, because of his ability, and two, because of his pace.

“If there’s one thing that all centre-halves don’t like to be up against, it’s somebody that’s got that type of pace.

“It’s only really the injuries that he’s had that has stopped the progress in his career so far. But he’s back playing and he’ll always be a threat."

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