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30 January 2018

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the latest team news, spoke about the arrival of Leonardo Ulloa, the confidence gained from Saturday’s win at Middlesbrough and the threat posed by Southampton.

TEAM NEWS: “Steve Sidwell is out and we’ll find out the extent of [Jiri] Skalak’s injury from Saturday today [Monday].

"If he [Jurgen Locadia] had his way, he'd be out training with us now. He's done some really good work outside.

"I would see him potentially training with the team a week today [next Thursday]. He's done everything right in his rehab so far and if he had the opportunity, he'd be out training with us now."

ARRIVAL OF ULLOA: "He's a player who was here before, so with regard to a settling-in process, that will come very easily to him.

"There are a lot of people still here from his time here before, and he's a player who has played at the best level in the last few seasons.

"What we wanted to do is give ourselves the best possible chance we could, particularly in the offensive areas, as it's an area we've found it difficult to get the goals we need to win games.

"To be able to have that competition and those options in that position is something we definitely wanted to do.

"It's a difficult window, you can never guarantee being able to do that, but we know the type of player Leo is and what he brings to the squad.”

BOOST FROM MIDDLESBROUGH VICTORY: "Any game you play and whether it's a cup game or a league game, that filters through to everybody in the squad, for the ones who played and the ones that didn't.

"It's great to be in the next round of the cup and I’m looking forward to hearing who we'll [the draw for the next round] today.

"It was a good feeling coming in this morning, you're on the back of a win and still in the competition."

THREAT FROM SOUTHAMPTON: "You look at every team on the merits of the quality they've got and the way they play.

"If you look at the way they play, generally they've been a form of 4-2-3-1. They have a lot of offensive options, they play a very good brand of football and they have a lot of quality.

"It's a surprise they haven't won the number of games their quality allows them to, but that's the level of competition in this league. Looking at their performances, they've been very close in a lot of games.

"It makes it a very difficult game, particularly away from home. They'll be quite strong at home, so we have to be very guarded."

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