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3 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton speaking to the media.

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton commented on the positive vibes running through the squad, assessed the flexibility of Swansea City’s starting line-up, spoke about building on their latest away victory at West Ham United, and highlighted the good form of Swans striker Tammy Abraham.

Confident mood: “It’s a nice feeling [going three games unbeaten] and what happens during that period, is that there tends to be a nice feeling around the camp.

“It doesn’t change in football, when you’re on the back of a win, it’s always a better week. The more good weeks you have, it means you’re doing okay.

“But it can change, and the moment anybody here feels like we’ve cracked it, then in this division you can lose four or five games on the spin, quite easily, because of the levels.

“We have to keep fighting for every result. At the moment there’s a good feel in the team and club, but the only way that remains is by getting good results.”

Flexible Swansea: “Irrespective of form, the first thing you look at is the team and the quality they’ve got in the side.

“One thing about the manager [Paul Clement] is that he’s prepared to change systems and individuals.

“It’s not a game where you have a very good idea of what the formation will be, because he’s certainly open to change that.

“With [Andre] Ayew up front, they’ve certainly got a goal threat in the attacking options, but what formation they’ll play, at this moment, I don’t know.”

Another away victory: “We’ve spoken about the home form and how important that’s going to be, but what you are able to pick up away from home is always a massive bonus.

“There was a good feeling after the West Ham game, and there would have been newly-promoted clubs that took longer to get that illusive away win.

“It was good to get that under our belt, but the challenge is to do that again, and the next one is on Saturday.

“We know that it’s a better international break when you go into it on the back of a good result, so we’re hoping that we can do that.”

Abraham form: “Most people were aware that we did have an interest in him [Tammy Abraham], but these things happen. We weren't the only club that had an interest in him.

“But what you do want to see, is young players doing well, although we don’t particularly want to see him doing well on Saturday.

“Credit to him, he’s had an opportunity and played games [in the Premier League]. He’s obviously shown enough for him to get a first [England] call-up.”

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