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HUGHTON ON: WEST HAM UNITED

19 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton talking to the media.

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke about dealing with disappointment after Everton’s late equaliser last time out, assessed the expectations of tonight’s opponents West Ham United, highlighted the challenge of winning away from home, and looked at the impact of moving to a new stadium.



Picking the players up:
”It's not been difficult because we try to do it as soon as possible. I suppose the reality is that although it felt like a defeat [v Everton], it wasn't.


"We had enough good periods in the game and showed good enough form that we’ll continue to be encouraged.


“With that being the case, it's not so difficult to pick the players up. For us, every game is a challenge, every game is something new.


“We're a team that is having to get used to this division and the quality of it.”



West Ham expectations:
“West Ham are a big club. I played there for a year-and-a-half and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It was an important time in my playing career.



“I know the expectations of the supporters, they want to see good, attractive football, but most importantly, they also want to see winning football.

“They’ve experienced some difficulties, with the change from the old stadium to the new stadium, and players that they’ve brought in over the last few transfer windows.



“But they’ve got a lot of quality there and I always feel that when West Ham have a difficult time, they will always come through it.”



Points on the road:
“Away form is going to be the most challenging. It’s a game away from home, in a big stadium, and irrespective of league positions, we’re up against a very talented team.

“At home, we’ve acquitted ourselves well. We felt we should have won the game against Everton, but we’ve won two games at home, drawn one and put on a very good show against Manchester City.

“Irrespective of where they [West Ham] should be and their form, they’re a team that are around us at this particular moment in the league table and we're looking forward to it.”



London Stadium impact:
”It's different, they're a club that played at the same stadium for so many years and it's a change. But it's a change for the right reasons.


"It's a bigger stadium, certainly further away from the pitch itself, but those are adjustments that any club that either move or build a new stadium have to get used to.


"Tottenham are hopefully in a new stadium for next season and Arsenal have also done it. Numerous clubs have changed stadium and have had to get used to it. West Ham will be no different.”


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