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HUGHTON ON: STOKE CITY

9 February 2018

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Chris Hughton speaks to the media on Thursday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton met the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

He discussed Albion’s run of form, their next opponents, new faces and the competition they bring to the side, and the prospect of facing an opposition manager he knows well.

STOKE CITY 

“It will be a difficult game and we’ll need to show some of the qualities that we showed in our last away game against Southampton.

“I’d like to think we’re in good form and we’ll need to show that. I thought they [Stoke City] were unlucky to lose against AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

“From what we’ve seen they’re playing at a high tempo and looking to push players forward from midfield.”

PAUL LAMBERT 

“The managerial change has given them a lift and they’ll look to create an atmosphere at home – it can be a tough place to go and we’ll have to deal with that.” 

“What I know of Paul is that he did an outstanding job at Norwich City and he likes to play on the front foot. 

“He likes to play a very attacking style of play and he’s very experienced – he can set up teams against any opposition but it’s generally entertaining – that’s what all supporters want to see.

“You can only prepare on what we’ve seen and they’ve got a lot of options in the squad to vary their style and you musn’t over prepare for one more than any other.”

ALBION’S GOOD FORM 

“We’re on the back of what I would class as our best home attacking performance last weekend [against West Ham United].

“I think that can give us a lift and we’ve got a lot of players who are fit and available, so there’s good competition and there’s a good mood around the place.

“You have to be able to maintain that level of performance every week in this division because it’s so tight and competitive. 

“There’s a big group of teams and those who hold their nerve and show they can win games will get themselves out of it – so you have to put yourself in a good position to be able to do that.” 

NEW FACES 

“I’ve seen the impact the two new arrivals have given to the club off the field and everyone in the squad wants exactly the same thing.

“When you bring players in you know that it will make it tougher for some more than others, but generally the whole squad want the best one possible and the better squad we have the better chance we have of staying in this division. 

“These two have come in because they want to play and if you have a squad that’s pushing to do that then you hope you can get the best out of them.

“Jurgen [Locadia] will be in the squad for Saturday – he’s had a good week and a half of training going into the game.”

Supporters can watch the manager's full look ahead to the game this weekend on Seagulls TV by clicking here.


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