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HUGHTON ON: ROTHERHAM

6 March 2017

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



“He’s formed a very good relationship with Lewis Dunk, and we’ve also missed him for some games this season, although not many. But you work around these things.”

“As regards to time, he’s probably looking at a minimum of six weeks. It’s a big loss, particularly at his stage of the season, and also more for him because he’s had a wonderful season so far.

“You have to work around situations and that’s why we have the squad that we have. Shane hasn't been the only one missed through an injury over the course of this season.

“He’s fractured his fifth metatarsal and will probably have an operation tomorrow. It means we have to adjust and that’s part and parcel of what happens at a football club. Duffy injury:


At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke about dealing with Shane Duffy's absence, looked at Rotherham United’s tough position at the bottom of the league, expressed his delight at Liam Rosenior’s return, and highlighted the importance of staying clear of the chasing pack.



Rotherham test:
“He’s [Paul Warne] got a tough job and what he has done is make his team very competitive. He’s certainly doing the best job that he can.

“They had a big defeat a few games ago at Cardiff, which can happen, but apart from that, they’ve very much been in every game.

“I don’t know him so well, but I think he’s done a super job under difficult circumstances. They’ve had a big turnaround in players, don't have the budget that others in this division have.

“You can only work within your means, and taking all of that into consideration, it’s been a tough one for him, but I think he’s done a good job.”

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Rosenior's return: “He gives us versatility on the football pitch, but he’s also a very experienced player. Those types of players are good to have around, particularly when you get to this stage of the season.

“It’s been a problem for us in the left-back position, with Seb [Pocognoli] missing the last game and [Gataen] Bong missing a good series of games.

“So it’s absolutely great to have somebody of Liam’s experience back in.”


Maintaining the gap to third: “The more important gap is the one to the team below us than the team above us. At this particular moment, we’re in second place in the league.

“For us to maintain that position, we have to make sure we stay clear of the teams below us. So that’s the most important gap.

“It’s not a question of looking over your shoulder but you’re always conscious that if you don’t play well enough, the group of teams below are all strong enough to go on good runs.

“If we’re not able to do what we want to do, then they’re certainly able to catch us, and I’m not just talking about Huddersfield.”

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