At his pre-match press conference Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton, spoke about the pressure on the Toffees, Albion’s home form so far this term, and the impact Pascal Gross has had on the squad.
“Yes he is [Davy Propper fit to play], and credit goes to the Dutch FA, because he took a knock and came off in first game. It was a whack and nothing more than that, but if he got a whack on the same place it would’ve made the injury worse. We expect him to train and be involved.
“Glenn Murray is fit enough to start for us, Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock have been training for a week or so now, and they’re scheduled to play in an U23 game on Monday.It’s only Steve Sidwell who isn’t training.”
Pressure on Everton
“We’ve all been there, you have to look at the players and team we’re playing against, and they’ve played four of the big teams in their seven games.
“They haven’t started as well as they would’ve liked to, but all good teams and good players turn things around, you only have to look at their quality.
“They’ll be desperate to get a result away from home and that will, if anything, make them more dangerous.
“It’s normal in the game now that the spotlight is on [Ronald Koeman], particularly as they’ve spent well. He’s an outstanding manager, and he’s certainly a big enough manager and character to cope with the pressure.”
“Our home form has been good, we were able to get that win against West Brom which we badly wanted, and there is confidence in the side. There’s real competition in the side too.
"We have to play at a certain level, which we did in both of those games we won and the draw away at Watford.
“The game will be hugely important for us, whatever points we’re able to get this season, it’s the law of averages that more will be home rather than away from home. Therefore, we need to make sure the Amex becomes more important, and the support has got better and better every time I’ve been here.”
Performances from Pascal Gross
“He’s started well and he’s been a big player for us, he’s still a player that if he gets into the right areas, he will get goals. If we look at the challenges he’s had this season, his challenge will be how many can he score this season.
“He’s adapted very well to the Premier League and the fact that he’s played every game for us, shows he’s valued by the team.”