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HUGHTON ON: WEST HAM UNITED

2 February 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the game with West Ham United at the weekend.

The Seagulls boss discussed the transfer window, team news, the weekend’s opponents, the upcoming month and the current league table. 

TRANSFER WINDOW REFLECTION

"I think what we ended up with is really good options in the forward department which was an area we wanted to strengthen. Overall we are very happy with the squad we ended up with.

"Generally what we do, the best policy is to comment on business we have done - there were numerous players we were interested in right throughout this window."

ULLOA, LOCADIA AND TEAM NEWS

"Leonardo [Ulloa] is hungry and desperate to get minutes – he doesn’t need a settling-in period, and he’s a player who although perhaps has not played as many games as he’d like, he has played in the Premier League for the last few seasons and I think he will make a big impact on the squad with his personality.

"Jurgen [Locadia] trained today [yesterday] which is good news, not early enough for Saturday, considering he’s been out for six weeks, but we are hopeful he will play some part in the Stoke game.

"It's really good to see him on the training pitch, he's had no ill effects from the injury but he needs to build up his fitness base again. Skalak and Sidwell are out but apart from that everyone is fit."

WEST HAM

"Every game we play is the most important one, and the significance of our result at Southampton is that if you are able to get a result, it’s points they don’t get.

"West Ham fall into that category, it makes it a different type of game and one we don’t want to lose, but we are at home and need to take the opportunity to get three points."

PREMIER LEAGUE OBJECTIVES

"We have never set ourselves a specific target -  we are a new team in this division and have targets every week which are to take as many points as we can. The obvious 40-point target is of history, averages and is not a bad one to cling onto.

"What I do know is that we have a huge amount of competition at this end of the table - we just need to make sure we get more points than three other teams."

THE MONTH AHEAD

"If I said it was a big month then I would see March the same way - you play one, then the next game is the most important. We know we have a tough finish, and it’s quite obvious we’d like to be in a decent position before that last run of games, but every next game is our biggest game."

A TIGHT TABLE

"Is it a surprise that so many teams are in trouble? Yes and no - there are some teams who have been down there you didn’t expect but that’s testament to the league.

"The three promoted teams aren’t in the bottom three and that means teams are coming up better prepared, which puts more competition in that bottom ten of the division."

To watch the full press conference with Chris Hughton, click here to view on Seagulls TV.


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