Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton answered a series of questions from the media at this morning’s pre-match press conference, as his team’s meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers draws closer.
The Seagulls welcome Nuno Espirito Santo's side to the Amex Stadium tomorrow afternoon, and Hughton gave an update on Glenn Murray's condition before speaking about a variety of other topics.
Sky Sports reporter Jaydee Dier kicked off proceedings…
Starting off with some injury updates, could you tell me how the squad is looking ahead of this weekend?
“The two injuries at the moment are Davy Propper and Pascal Gross, they’ll both miss the game, but we’ll need to make a decision on Glenn Murray,
“What you have to do is go through a correct protocol during the week, we’ve done that and at this moment he feels fine in regards to the actual knock itself.
“It’s important to have your players fit for every game, but what I never want to do is take anything away from the squad and the other strikers that we have.
“Glenn has been super for us this season and his goal record since he’s been here says that. But we’ve got competition in the squad.
“As with Pascal Gross, who was very important for us last season, and also Davy Propper, when somebody misses a game it’s a really good opportunity for somebody else. That’s how it always has to be.”
Dier then turned the attention on Bruno after the Spaniard’s recent run of form…
Two clean sheets in the last two games, do you think the influence of having your club captain back in the team has made a difference?
“Bruno is somebody that we have great respect for and he’s a very experienced player. He has a very big standing within the squad.
“But if I’m looking at before him, [Martin] Montoya had played very well in periods and that’s certainly the competition you need in each position.
“Whether the clean sheets have just been down to Bruno being back in the side, then probably not. But we know the value of having Bruno in the squad.
“We have really good competition in that position and it’s certainly something that Bruno welcomes.”
Dier handed over to Premier League Productions reporter Adam Cottier, who asked Hughton about Albion’s long-standing defensive duo…
Leiws Dunk and Shane Duffy both played well at Newcastle - Duffy got man of the match - do they deserve to be considered as one of the best partnerships in the Premier League?
“If I’m looking at an edge they have, what the two of them have done is play a lot of games together.
“If you’re looking at partnerships across the Premier League teams, on a lot of occasions that partnership is broken up, particularly with clubs that rotate a little bit more.
“These two would be as consistent as any, for the simple fact that they don’t miss many games and they’ve played a lot of games together over the last couple of seasons.
“The fact that Lewis Dunk was in his first England squad last time around speaks for not just Dunky but also that partnership. It’s a strong partnership and would be right up there.”
BBC commentator and reporter Johnny Cantor concluded the press conference, asking Hughton to assess his team’s overall performance so far…
You’ve got 11 points at this stage of the season, the same as last season — how do you feel to have that tally after nine games?
“I don’t think we deserve to have more, we’re probably in the right place for the performances we’ve had.
“I thought we were very good against [Manchester] United, Liverpool away as well. Our performances have been okay, we can improve but I think we’re about right.
“We’ve played four of the top six in this group of games and also played more away games than home games.
“I’d say I’m happy — but there’s still more to come. I don’t think we deserve more than what we’ve got at the moment."
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