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HUGHTON ON: NEWCASTLE UNITED

22 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton speaks to the media.

At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to the Amex, commented on the Magpies’ impressive form of late, urged his players to focus on achieving a positive result, and highlighted Albion’s better opportunities to claim points in the Premier League.



Team news: “Izzy Brown is back in the frame. He’s been training this week and we’ll make a decision on his conclusion come the end of the week.

“Glenn Murray, who we chose to leave out of the cup game at Bournemouth, is available, as well as Gaetan Bong who came through that game.

“As regards to the injuries, there’s probably no changes. Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal are all still out.

Newcastle form: “They’re in good form at the moment with three [straight] wins, and it just goes to show you the margins.

“They have a very good centre-half in [Jamaal] Lascelles that scored two goals from set-plays, and that can change them margins.

“As a side and a way that they play, they’re reasonably similar to ourselves and perhaps that’s why they were close games last season. We were very close going right the way through the season.

“We’re at home and we have to try and capitalise on our home form. But we know that we’re up against a very good Newcastle side that are in good form.


Positive reaction: “The key is going to be responding to them [defeats], putting them in the past and very much focusing on the following games.

“You have to be as happy as you can be with the majority of what you’re seeing, whether that’s in games or in training.

“I think that can always be encouraging, and certainly in amongst a group of lads who had recognised that this is going to be a tough season.

“Their mindsets have been very good and the training has been excellent. What we need to do is put as much of that into practise in the main arena, and the next opportunity to do that is against Newcastle.”

Favourable opportunities: “It’s not being detrimental to anybody, but there are a group of six or seven teams that are going to be more difficult to get results against.

“I know it can be about your form, fortune and luck on the day, but for whatever points we get, you’d think that on the law of averages they’ll be against the teams outside that top seven.

“That becomes quite a big group of teams, but you can only get results against any of those teams by earning them.”


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